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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Some write, that Gospatrike purchased the earle|dome of king William, and so held it, till the king tooke it from him againe, and then gaue it vnto earle Walteof or Waldeue. Next after him Walkher the foresaid bishop of Durham had the whole admi|nistration cõmitted to him, but (after he was slaine as yée haue heard) one Alberike ruled that countrie, and lastlie, Robert Mulbray a right noble perso|nage (for his wisedome and valiancie highlie re|nowmed with all men) was created earle of Nor|thumberland,Robert Mul|bray earle of Northumber|land. and gouerned the people of those par|ties in such politike and wise order, that during his time, it is hard to saie, whether his quietnesse or the obedience of the people was greater.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 In like manner, after the foresaid Walkher; one William was created bishop of Durham,The founda|tion of vni|uersitie col|ledge in Ox|ford. who was the originall founder of vniuersitie colledge in Ox|ford, and by whose assistance, the moonkes gaping both for riches, ease, and possessions, found the means to displace the secular priests of the colledge of Dur|ham, Anno Reg. 15. 1081 that they might get into their roomes, as they did indeed soone after, Anno Reg. 16. 1082 to their great gaine and aduan|tage. But to returne againe to the course of the hi|storie. Shortlie after the reuenge of the death of Walkher bishop of Durham, the fornamed bishop Odo the kings brother was suspected of some vn|truth and sinister dealing,Odo suspe|cted and ba|nished. whervpon he was sent as a banished man into Normandie, or rather (as other write) committed to prison, where he remained, not as a clerke, but as a baron of the realme; for he was both bishop and earle of Kent.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 Anno Reg. 17. 1083The king hauing at length obteined some rest from wars, practised by sundrie meanes to inrich his cofers, and therefore raised a tribute through out the whole kingdome, for the better leuieng whereof, he appointed all the subiects of his realme to be num|bred, all the cities, townes, villages, and hamlets to be registred, all the abbies, monasteries and prio|ries to be recorded. Moreouer, he caused a certificat to be taken of euerie mans substance, and what he might dispend by the yeare; he also caused their names to be written which held knights fees, & were bound therby to serue him in the wars. Likewise he tooke a note of euerie yoke of oxen,Plow land. & what number of plow lands, and how manie bondmen were with|in the realme. This certificat being made & brought vnto him, gaue him full vnderstanding what wealth remained among the English people. Herevpon he raised his tribute, taking six shillings for euerie hide of land through out this realme, which amounted to a great masse of monie when it was all brought togi|ther into his Excheker. ¶ Here note by the waie, Geruasius Tilberiensis. The true de|finition of a hide of land. that an hide of land conteineth an hundred acres, and an acre conteineth fortie perches in length, and foure in bredth, the length of a perch is sixtéene foot and an halfe: so that the common acre should make 240. perches; & eight hides or 800. acres is a knights fée, after the best approued writers and plaine demon|stration. Those therefore are deceiued, that take an hide of land to conteine twentie acres (as William Lambert hath well noted in his De priscis Anglorum legibus) where he expoundeth the meaning of the old Saxon termes perteining to the lawes.

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