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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 In the yeare of our Lord 1542. Monsieur de Ca|stres bishop of Baieulx and abbat of Saint Estien|ne in Caen, caused the sepulchre of this William to be opened, wherein his bodie was found whole, faire and perfect; of lims, large and big; of stature and per|sonage, longer than the ordinarie sort of men: with a copper plate fairlie gilt, and this epitaph therevpon ingrauen:

Qui rexit rigidos Normannos, atque Britannos
Audacter vicit, fortiter obtinuit,
Et Coenomenses virtute contudit enses,
Imperij suilegibus applicuit,
EEBO page image 16Rex magnus parua iacet hac Guilhelmus in vrna:
Sufficit & magno parua domus domino,
Ter septem gradibus se voluerat at duobus
Virginis in gremio Phoebus, & hic o [...]ijt:
that is;
Who ouer Normans rough did rule,
and ouer Britons bold
Did conquest stoutlie win, and con|quest
woone did stronglie hold:
Who by his valure great the fa|tall
vprores calmd in maine,
And to obeie his powers and lawes,
the Manceaux did constraine:
This mightie king within this lit|tle
vault intoomed lies,
So great a lord sometime, W. Patten collecteth this to be the 23. after the sun was in Virgo: which is the 6 of Septẽber so small
a roome dooth now suffice.
When three times seuen and two by iust
degrees the sunne had tooke
His woonted course in Virgos lap,
then he the world forsooke.

Thus far William Conquerour.

William Rufus or William the Red.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _WIlliam, surnamed Rufus or William the Red,1087 Anno Reg. 1. second sonne to William Conque|ror, began his reigne ouer England the ninth of Sep|tember, in the yeare 1087. about the 31. yeare of the em|perour Henrie the fourth, and the 37. of Philip the first, king of France, Urbane the second then gouer|ning the sée of Rome, and Malcolme Cammoir reigning in Scotland. Polydor. Sim. Dunel. Matth. Paris. Immediatlie after his fa|thers deceasse, and before the solemnitie of the fune|rals were executed, he came ouer into England with no lesse spéed than was possible, and following the counsell of Lanfranke archbishop of Canturbu|rie (in whome he reposed all his trust) he sought to win the fauour of the Péers and Nobilitie of the realme by great and liberall gifts. For although there were but few of the homeborne States that bare rule in the land at this season; yet those that re|mained, and whome his father in extreme sort had wronged, he verie gentlie enterteined, promising them not onlie to continue their good lord and soue|reigne, but also to make more fauourable ordinan|ces than his father had left behind him; and further|more to restore the former lawes and liberties of the realme, which his said father had abolished. Thus by faire words and policie he obtained his purpose. Howbeit soone after he forgat himselfe, and impriso|ned Marchar and Wilnot, Sim. Dunel. Marchar and Wilnot. whom he had brought o|uer with him from Normandie, being set at liber|tie by his father.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The Nobles at the first wished rather to haue had the elder brother duke Robert to haue gouerned them: howbeit by the aide onelie of the said Lan|franke,

Lanfranke had fauoured him euen of a child.

Matth. P [...]ris. William Ru|fus is crow|ned the 26. of September. Polydor.

His bounti|full [...].

whose authoritie was of no small force a|mongst all the lords of the land, this William (ac|cording to his fathers assignation) was proclaimed and crowned at Westminster on the 26. of Sep|tember (being sundaie, the 6. kalends of October) and the 11. indiction, as the best writers doo report. After his coronation, to gratifie the people he went to Winchester, where he found great treasure which his father had laid vp there for his owne vse: this he freelie spent in large gifts, and all kind of princelie largesse. He set verie manie prisoners at libertie, & did many other things to benefit the people, where|in the diligence and good aduice of Lanfranke did not a little preuaile. For he perceiued that there was in the king a variable mind, an vnstable nature, and a disposition to lightnesse and follie. Wherefore hée tooke oftentimes the more paines in persuading him not onelie to liberalitie (which is none of the least vertues in a prince) but also to vse a discreet and or|derlie behauiour in all his dooings. Moreouer, he sticked not to put him in feare of an euill end, and troublesome regiment likelie to insue, if he did giue himselfe to vice and wilfulnesse, & neglect the charge thus by the prouidence of GOD committed to his hands. After this maner did the said prelat trauell with the king, whom we will leaue at this time as it were hearkening to his admonitions, and set foorth by the waie what his brother Robert did, whilest William Rufus his brother was occupied in such wise as you haue heard.

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