CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND.
THE REV. FRANCIS CHARLES HINGESTON, B.A.,
OF EXETER COLLEGE, OXFORD.
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF HER
TREASURY, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS.
LONDON: LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, AND ROBERTS. 1858.
This electronic edition
was prepared by
Michael A. Linton
An extract from
The chronicle of England
by John Capgrave
( John Caprave - born 1393 at Lynn in Norfolk )
In these dayes, that is to sey, the yere of our Lord M.LXVI., William Bastard, duke of Normandie, cam into Ynglond. And what rite he had for to regne here I wil write onto you. Harald occupied the crowne, and had no rite thereto, for he was son to that fals tretour Godwyn, whos doutir King Edward weddid; thei clepid hir Ydani, of whom is seid, "As a thorn bringith forth a rose, so sprang Ydani of Godwyn." This Godwin killid Edward brothir, and was tretoure to Edward. So happed it on a tyme he sat at mete with Kyng Edward, and the Kyng rehersed onto him his old treson, and the suspecion that men had to him of new treson. And than Godwyn took a pece of bred in his hand, and seid thus, "Mi Sovereyn Lord, if evyr I ment treson onto you, I pray God that this o mussel strangil me." Thus he seid, and thus it was. His son was Haraldus, whom Kyng Edward cleped before his deth, and sent him into Normandye to duk William, for to telle him that the Kyng asined him his successoure, both be testament, and eke as nexte of kyn. And there the same Harald swore to duke William that he schuld be to him trew ligeman, and ded or mad onto him homage. The same feith mad he to Kyng Edward. But whan Edward was ded, he took upon him the regalie, and was crowned Kyng. Than went duke William to Alisaunder, the Pope, and expressed onto him the rite whech he had to the crowne of Ynglond: and the Pope comaunded him on his blessing, that he schuld porsewe his rite. Tho cam he into Inglond, and londid at Hastingis; and ageyn him was Harald, with grete powere. It is told that there were certeyn knytes XX. on Wiliam side, that swore thei schuld not leve til thei broke the hoost, and cam to Haraldis standard. And thouy it were hard for to do, yet it was doo. So had William the victori, and rod forth to London, and at Westminster was he crowned in Cristmesse of Aldred bischop of york. This bataile was on Seynt Kalixte day. And in the same feld where it was he ded make a abbey; it is clepid at this houre, "The Abbey of Batayle."