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Compare 1587 edition: 1 [figure appears here on page 190] THe people lykewyſe doubting for want of a go|uernor to be ye ſooner ouercom by their eni|mies,Ethus. ledde the ſayd Ethus vn+to Sc [...]ne wher they crowned him king, in the yeare after the byrth of our Sa|uiour 874. and the .xiij.874 after Conſtantine began to rule the eſtate of the realme. The ſame yeare were many wonders and vnketh ſightes ſeene EEBO page image 191 within the Scottiſh dominions. In the mouth of the Forth,Fiſhes like vn|to men in ſhape. otherwiſe called the Scottiſhe ſea, there appeared fiſhes in great number, like vnto men in ſhape, ſwimming vp and downe in the ſtreame with halfe their bodies aboue the water, and hauing a blacke ſkinne, which couered theyr heades and neckes, from the ſhoulders vpwardes like an hoode.Baſsinates. Theſe are called Baſſinates, and vſe to goe in great companies togither, as though they were ſkulles of Herrings, ſignifying when they are ſeene, ſome great miſfortune vnto [...] Countrey, as the common people haue long [...] an opinion. Alſo the Loches, Riuers, and al ma|ner of other waters were frozen from the begyn|ning of Nouember,A long winter. till the latter ende of April, and when the froſt brake, and the ſnowes melted, there was ſuch a flood flowing ouer al the plaines euen to the rootes of the Mountaynes, as the like had not bene ſeene. Furthermore when the ſame ſhrunke and went away,Frogges in the mud and ſlime in the mud and ſlime there was ſuche a number of Frogges left, that when they were dead, & began to putrifie, the ayre was ſo infected, ye many deadly diſeaſes enſued wherof great nũbers of the inhabitants did periſh.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 A Comet.Moreouer there was a mightie ſtarre or Co|met ſeene with firie rayes iſſuing forth of the ſame whiche both night and day followed the Moone during the moneth of Aprill, to the great horror of all that behelde it.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 But to proceede. The Danes as is ſayd, ha|uing vanquiſhed the Scots, and waſted the coũ|trey of Fife,The Danes went into Louthian. paſſed ouer into Louthian, where robbing and ſpoyling all before them, they purſu|ed the inhabitants into Northumberlande, whi|ther they fled for refuge. There the Danes being ayded with certain Engliſh mẽ in fauor of Bru|ern, ſlue in battaile both Oſbert & Ella,King Osbert & Ella ſlaine. kings of that coũtry. The crueltie of the Danes was ſuch after they had atchieued ye victorie, that few eſca|ped with life, but ſuch as ſaued thẽſelues by flight. But chiefely their rage appeared moſte agaynſte prieſtes and ſuch as profeſſed themſelues men of religion. For the Danes being Ethnikes, perſe|cuted moſt egerly thoſe that in any wiſe profeſ|ſed Chriſt.This crueltie inuaded Nor folke alſo. The like outragious murthering of the Chriſtians was practiſed throughout the Countrey, and at length came vnto that bleſſed king S. Edmond, raigning as thẽ ouer the peo|ple of the Eaſt angles, as in the Engliſh hiſtorie more plainly may appeare. Howbeit other of the Engliſh kings mainteined the warres with theſe Danes certaine yeares after this, with variable fortune, the moſt part of thoſe people which inha|bited on that coaſt towarde the Germaine ſeas, eyther being ſlain or brought into miſerable bon|dage and thraldome.King Alured redreſſed thoſe harmes. But Alured which ſuccee|ded his brother king Etheldred, not in the king|dome of Northfolke and Suffolke (as Hector Boetius affyrmeth) but in the kingdome of the weſt Saxons,Hector Boeti|us miſtaketh diuerſe mat|ters touching the report of our hyſtories. redreſſed a great part of this miſe|rie into the which the countrey was thus brought by the Danes, by ſubduing them in ſundrie con|flictes, and ſlaying their two Captaines the fore|ſayd Hunger and Hubba as in the ſame Engliſh [...] further expreſſed.

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