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churche, to serue God in, and to preche Goddus worde to þe pepulle. ben was his Thewnythe glad of his askyng, & ordeynyd hym a placé ny3 to his owne howse, þat he mygte so cum to Goddus seruice. þus be meyne tyme whille the .churche was in byldynge, ofte he preched Goddus worde to Þe pepulle, and Wenefrede com þydur with her fader to here hit. And when sche harde hym speke of be grete mede & joy, þat madones schuld haue in Heyuion, passyng oper oorderes, þen had sche so grett deuocyon in his sayinge, þat a non sche made a woye, þat sche wolde neuer haue parte of mon, but a byde euer in her madon hode, whille þat sche lyffed. ben on a Sonday, when bis churche was made and bylde, Thewnythe, with alle his mene, zude to be churche, but Wenefrede bode at home, for a seknus þat greuyd her þoo, þat sche mygte nott goo with hem to churche. ben as sche sott at home her selfe, þer com a kyngus sonne, was called Cradoke, to haue layen by bis madon. But when he spake to hur of doyng of þe synne, sche said, schewolde go in to hur chambur, & make her more honeste ben sche was, & cum á zayne to hym a non. and when sche cum to her chawmbur by an vtter durre, scheran towarde churche as faste as sche myzte, hopyng to haue socur þerre. but when Cradok

sy hur ren towarde churche, he ron aftur, and ouer toke her, & sayde, but sche wolde assent to his wylle, he wolde a non smyte of hur hed. þen kneled Wenefrede downe & saide, "I haue leuer þat þou do mę to dethe, ben defowle my “body, þat I have made a woo to kepe in maydon hede, « whille bat I lyue, to my lorde Jhesu Criste.” ben Cradok owte with his swerde, and at on stroke he smotte of her hed, & for hit was downe the hylle to be churche, þe bed stynte neuer tumbullynge, tylle hit com þydur in to be sygte of alle þat were þerre. Wherfore men weren so a frygte, þat þey madon suche a nowse, þat Bennowe had grett merwayle what hit myzte be, & com to hem to wytte what was þe cause of þat noyse. þen when he syz the hed, he toke hit vppe, and cussed' hit ofte tymes sore wepyng, and bare hit vp to the body, byholldyng on Cradoke how he wyped his swerd on be gras, þat was allé blody of the stroke. þen said Bennow to hým,“ þou wykked mon & an selý, aske

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mercy of God for þis orribulle dede, and zett God wolle “haue mercy on þe; & yf þow wylt nott, I pray God þat “ he send vegance on þe”. & a non rygte in sygte of þis alle pepulle, and for he wolde not crye mercy in syzte of alle pepulle, a non he felle downe to be érþe, & per with the erþe oponyd & suowlowyd hym down, body and sowle in to Helle. þen toke Bennow be hed, and sett hit agayne to be body, & helled hit with her mantelle, & zude to his masse, and when he had songon and preched be pepulle, & tolde myche of þis madon, he sayde, God wold nott that sche schulde so be ded zett. For he had ordeynyd myche pepulle to be holpon by hur. Wherfore he bad yche mon pray to God, to reyse hur a zayne to lyue, and so God dyd; & when þey commyn to hur, sche satt vppe, and with her honde sche wypid of her face þe doste þat was per on, & spake to hem as holle and sownde as sche was by fore. þen God schewned þerre þree grett myraculis. On was when þe erbe swoloyd hym bodily, bat had slayne hur. þer was, for per as be hed a bod, a non spronge a fayre welle berre as non seen be fore. $e þride was, when sche bat was slayne sche rose a zayne to lyue. þe IIIIrith. was, þat euer aftur whille sche lyffed, þer was a white circle a bowte her nekke ber as be stroke was lyke a white brede. Wherfore þer as sche was called be fore Brewa, fro þat day forthe men called hur Wenefrede, þat is in Englysche, a white þrede. þen syg Wenefrede be grett myraculle þat God wrowzte in hur, and toke hit hyzly to herte, and gaff hur euer aftur to holy lyffynge, and nygte and day was besy to serue God, as Bennow thawzte hur. þen when sche was perfytt in alle doyngus, Bennow Jude to a noßer place per as weron inne mony holy virgynnus, and when he com þy. dur schee lyffyd so perfettly in alle þyngus, þat alle tokon en. sampulle of hur, & for þat ylke white cerue was an euydent tokon of her martirdome, Þerfore alle men and ! womod haddon grett deuocion in her wordus, and in alle her do. yngus, so þat mony lafton be worldis ocupacion, and weron fayne to comme and dwelle in her companye. So when sche had lyffyd þerre mony eyrus, sche was warned by God,

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bat her dethe day was nygte. Wherfore sche made hur re. dy, & when sche had be sacramentis of holy churche, ben, in syyte of halle her systeren, scho gaff vpp þe goste to Jhesu Criste, þat sche louyd with alle her herte, and byrryed in the churche zorde per mony oper seyntis weron byrryed in by fore, Now how the holy sent com in to be abbey of Schrowysbury, ze schalle here. When þey abbey of Scrowys. bury was newe made, be monkus of be place madon ofte gret mone, for þey haddon no sent with hem to be her patrone, and beyrer of her preyers to God, as oper abbeus of be cun. trey hoddon. Wherfor be abbot of þat howse, for he had herde by fore of sent Wenefrede, he made his prior to go in to Waylyś, and seche were þat sche was byrryed. So wente þis prior forthe, and, by the grace of God and reue. lacion of be holy madon, he com to be place where sche laye, and so with stren þe of lordschip, and oper helpe bat he hadde, he browzte her bownus in to sent Gylus churche at Scrowesbury townus ende, and þerre abode to a certen day, in þe whiche sche schulde be translated, & with honour and worschip be browzte in to be abbey. þen when bis day com, gret multitude of pepulle com þyder in party for a gret miraculle, þat was done in that churche, of a chelde þat was heyled of grett sekenes, and also to do worschip to bat holy madon, and so ben the abbot of be place and be con. uent, with mony oper men of holy churche, browztan hur in to be abbey, and setton her bere as sche is nowe, where God in schorte tyme aftur wrowzte brytty grett myraculs þat byn wrytton, with owte oper mony þat byn not writton, bothe of pose pat sche dyd in her lyue, and oper mo mony þat byn wrowzte at her walle. þen to sterre yowre deuocyon þe more to þis sent, now I wulle telle yow a myraculle pat was done to a mon of Erkalle towne, þat was called Adam. . bis. mon was greuesly, payned with be fallyng euelle, and, bothe his hondus weron turned azeynward, and layen flatt to his armes, so þat þe armys weron stompus and noe armes. He had also suche a greuance in his on legge, þat he mygte nott goo but with myche peynance. So bis Adam, with þese grett greuus, with myche penance he comme to be schryne of sent Wenefrede, & was þerre in his prayers alle a nygte. But an þe morowe, what for wach. ; o 3

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ched, what for wery, he felle on slepe, and when he woke he. feld hym selfe hoole in alle his lymmys, & syg his hondus streygte euon owte, and stirryd his fyngurs alle at his lyk. ynge, and sayed whedur he mygzte goo, and zude forthe wythe owton greue, and felde welle þat he was hoole of þe fallyng euelle. Wherfore with hyz voyce he ponked God & bis holy madon, and was fayne of his heyle, þat he made a woo, þat he wolde neuer goo from hur, but by a seruand in þat churche alle his lyue aftur, and so he was. þus, gode men & women, ze han ensampulle to do worschip to pis holy maydon and martir, and þawy ze by now hooly in body fulle' helt, mony of yow byn seke in sowle; wherfore ye han be more nede to seche hur to' haue heyle in sowle þen in body. For ofte tymes God sendus sekenes in body, fo hele to be sowle. but sekenes of sowle ys here dethe, but sche be be soner heylyd. Wherfore prayth too hur to gete yow hele bothe in body and in sowle, so þat ye cum to hym bat is heyle to alle sowlus, þat is, Jhesu Criste God son of heyuon. Alyud miraculum. In the towne of Schrowysbury setan IIIe men to gedur, and as þey seton talkyng, an'at. turcoppe cum owte of be wowy, and bote hem by the nek. kus alle þre, & powy hit greuyd hem at þat tyme but ly. tulle, sone aftur it roncoled & so swalle her þrotus, & forset her breythe, þat II. of hem weron deed, and be þrydde was so nyy deed, þat he made his testament, & made hym redy in alle wyse, for he hoped nowgte but only dethe. þen as he lay in hís turment, he powyt on sent Wenefrede and of her myraculus, & so as he mygte he had his modur go byder, & otiur a candulle to be schryne, & brynge hym of þe' water pat her bones were wasschon yn, and so sche dyd. & when he had þis water, he made whasseche his sore per with, & when he had done so, he felde þat he amended, & þen he made a wooe to sente Wenefrede, þat giff he mygte haue lyffe & hele, he wolde make an ymage of syluer & offur to her. bus he mended yche day aftur ober, tylle he was alle hoole, & ben he made an ymage of syluer as he be hette, & zude byder, & offeryd hit to be schryne, & be cum her seruant euer whille he lyffyd aftur, Aliud miraculum. Also to a day of her translacion per cum owte of Wayles knyztus, & mony men with hem, to se the solempnite & pe maner þer of,

& so in her company' como a gret mon, þat was dowmbe, & myzte no þynge speke, but alle by signès. · So when þey common in to be churche, sodenly, pis dowmbe mon fellę doune to be grownde, & felle on slepe. þen as he lay sent Wenefrede com to hym, and bad hym drynke watur þat her bonus were wasschon yn, & he schuld be hoole of his speche, & of oper euel þat he had ben a non he woke, and bad ziff hym holy watur. þen haddon his felowus gret wondur, þat þey hardon hym speke, & asked hym what watur he wolde haue. þeņ sayd he, þe watur þat sent Wenefredus bonus weron waschon yn; & when he had dronkon of þai water, he was hoole as any fysche, & a non he zude in to þe quere, & by be couent he tolde oponly þat he com bydur for no oper þyng, but only to se pe doyng of þe solempnite. but now for sche hathe, of her gret curtesy, zeffen me my speche, and heled me in my body also, perfore I walle be her pylgryme whille þat I lyue, & so he was euer aftur.

Num. XVI. Vide Præf. $. xix. Extract of a Letter, written to the Publisher from

Winchester July 4th. 1724. by the Reverend Mr. Richard Furney, relating to the Election of an Abbess of Rumsey Nunnery in Hampshire Anno D. 1333. which confirms what is asserted in this Chronicle, that the suid Nunnery was founded by K. Edgar for an hundrod Nunns.

Dear Sir, Upon receiving your's, I look'd into the Register of John Stratford, some time Bishop of Winton, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, and therein, fol. 82. found the following particulars, which relate to what you mention

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