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SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF
WILLIAM II. SURNAMED RUFUS.
Born, A. D. 1056. Began to reign, September 23, 1087. Đied, without issue, August 2, 1100, after reigning thirteen years.
PRINCIPAL EVENTS. Normandy invaded, and an expedition undertaken to the Holy Land. Quarrels between the King and Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Tower, Westminster-hall, and London-bridge built. The King killed in New Forest.
EMINENT PERSONS. · Tanfranc and Anselm, Archbishops of Canterbury, Odo, Bishop of Baieux. Flamlard, Bishop of Durham.
Popes. Victor III. 1086. Urban II, 1088. Paschal II. 1999.
Kings. Of France.-Philip I. 1060. Of Scotland.-Malcolm III. 1059. Donald VII. 1093.
Donald VIII. 1095. Edgar, 1097,
« And that Red King, who, while of old
“ Too low for a high praise, and too little for a great praise.”
“ So, so is good, very good, very excellent good, and yet it is not, it is but so so."
King WILLIAM Rufus wore red hair,
Was rather short, and very fat,
Yet who could blame the King for that?
His brother ROBERT claim'd a right
To reign, which Bishop Opo aided, But when they were both beat in fight,
One fled, and t’other was degraded.
The holy war, by zealots led,
Began, and much the muse it irks, That Infidels like Christians bled,
And Christian soldiers fought like Turks. VOL. I.
Westminster Hall King William reard,
When finish'd swore in princely huff, The fabrick to his eyes appear'd
Not half-a-quarter large enough.* The sea, which, as Canute had shown,
Respects nor wealth, nor rank, nor pow'r, O’erflowed Earl Godwin's land, since known
As Goodwin Quicksands, to this hour. New Forest, which the conqu’ror meant
For sport, was of his son the bane, There by a shaft, which chance missent,
In prime of life was Rufus slain.
Here too, his brother and his nephew fell,
By darts dispatch'd from undiscovered hand, Which folks around, as fearful judgments tell, On those, who for the chace despoild the poor
* The author hopes he has not exceeded the reported character of William's coarseness and vulgarity. When ten Englishmen had been cleared by the ordeal of fire, for the charge of killing dear, Rufus exclaimed, “ Pretty justice above, indeed, to let “ ten such scoundrels escape!"
J. P. ANDREWS. Yet William exhibited a mixture of firmness and naivete, when a pilot was fearful of embarking with him on an expedition in tempestuous weather; the Monarch asked, "whether he had ever heard of a King being drowned."
Nor much lamented was the Norman King,
Whose people were in most reduced condition; His Ministers had tax'd each sort of thing,
For there were then no Whigs in opposition.
Of his attire the Sov’reign took due heed, ? '
As you shall learn from ancient lines annex’d, ROBERT OF GLO'STER scripsit what you'll read, - Tho'Camden rather modernized the text. '
POETRY of the Year 1098. Which the author of the Medulla Historia Anglicanæ calleth
“ a pretty passage.”
“ His Chamberlain him brought, as he rose on a
day, “A morrow for to wear, a pair of hose of say ; “ He ask'd what they costen'd? “ Three shil
lings,” he said, “Fie a dible,” quoth the King, “ to say so vile
a deed, “ King's to wear so vile a cloths, that costened
no more!. “ Buy a pair for a marke, or thou shall reu it sore.” “ A worse pair, sure enough, the other him
brought, “ And said they costened a marke-Unneath he
then bought; “ Aye !-Bel-ami,” quoth the King, “ these are
well bought; “ In this manner serve me, otherwise serve me