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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 But now, when the feast of Christs natiuitie (com|monlie called Christmas) was at hand, he approched to the citie of London, and comming thither, caused his vauntgard first to enter into the stréets, where fin|ding some resistance, he easilie subdued the citizens that thus tooke vpon them to withstand him, though not without some bloudshed (as Gemeticen. writeth) but as by others it should appéere, Gemeticensi [...] he was receiued in|to the citie without anie resistance at all; and so be|ing in possession thereof, he spake manie fréendlie words to the citizens, and promised that he would vse them in most liberall & courteous maner. Not long after, when things were brought in order (as was thought requisite) he was crowned king vpon Christ|mas daie following, by Aldred archbishop of Yorke.William Con|querour crow|ned 1067. ac|cording to their account which begin the yeare on the daie of Christ his natiuitie. For he would not receiue the crowne at the hands of Stigand archbishop of Canturburie, bicause he was hated, and furthermore iudged to be a verie lewd per|son and a naughtie liuer.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 At his coronation he caused the bishops and ba|rons of the realme to take their oth, that they should be his true and loiall subiects (according to the maner in that case accustomed.) And being required thereto by the archbishop of Yorke, he tooke his personall oth before the altar of S. Peter at Westmister, to defend the holie church, and rulers of the same, to gouerne the people in iustice as became a king to doo, to ordeine righteous lawes & kéepe the same, so that all maner of bribing, rapine, and wrongfull iudgements should for euer after be abolished.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 After this, Polydor. he tooke order how to keepe the realme in good and quiet gouernment, fortifieng the necessa|rie places, and furnishing them with garisons. He al|so appointed officers and councellers, such as he thought to be wise and discréet men, and appointed ships to be in the hauens by the coast for the defense of the land, as he thought most expedient. After his coro|nation, Iohn Stow. or rather before (as by some authours it should seeme) euen presentlie vpon obteining of the citie of London, Tho. Spo [...]. he tooke his iourney towards the castell of Douer, to subdue that and the rest of Kent also: which when the archbishop Stigand and Egelsin the abbat of S. Augustines (being as it were the chiefest lords and gouernours of all Kent) did perceiue, and consi|dered that the whole realme was in an euill state; & that whereas in this realme of England, before the comming in of the forsaid duke William, there were no bondmen: now all,Seruitude & bondage of the Nobilitie and Commonaltie to the Nor|mans. as well the Nobilitie as the Commonaltie were without respect made subiect to the intollerable bondage of the Normans, taking an occasion by the perill and danger that their neigh|bours were in, to prouide for the safegard of them|selues EEBO page image 2 and their countrie. They caused all the people of the countie of Kent to assemble at Canturburie, and declared to them the perils and dangers immi|nent, the miserie that their neighbours were come in|to, the pride and insolencie of the Normans, and the hardnesse and griefe of bondage and seru [...]le estate. Whereupon all the people rather choosing to end their vnfortunate life, than to submit themselues to an vn|accustomed yoke of seruitude and bondage, with a common consent determined to meet duke William, and to fight with him [...]or the lawes of their count [...]ie. Also, the foresaid Stigand the archbishop, and the [...]b|bat Egelsin, choosing rather to die in ba [...]tell, than to see their nation in so euill an estate, being encouraged by the examples of the holie Machabees, became cap|teins of the armie. And at a daie appointed, all the people met at Swanescombe, and being hidden in the woods, laie priuilie in wait for the comming of the foresaid duke William.

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