The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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removed the same to the church of St. Stephen, martyr, whose nativity. (or commemoration day) is celebrated with much magnificence on the day of the nones of July.


CHAPTER IX.
THAT MIRACULOUS CURES HAVE BEEN FREQUENTLY DONE IN THE
PLACE WHERE KING OSWALD WAS KILLED; AND THAT FIRST, A
TRAVELLER'S HORSE, AND AFTERWARDS A YOUNG GIRL WAS
CURED OF A PALSY.

Oswald, the most Christian king of the Northumbrians, reigned nine years, including that year which is to be held accursed for the brutal impiety of the King of the Britons, and the apostacy of the English kings; for, as was said above, it is agreed by the unanimous consent of all, that the names of the apostates should be erased from the catalogue of the Christian kings, and no date ascribed to their reign. After which period, Oswald was killed in a great battle, by the same Pagan nation and Pagan king of the Mercians, by whom his predecessor Edwin had been slain, at a place called in the English tongue, Maserfeth, in the thirty-eighth, year of his age, on the 5th day of the month of August. How great his faith was towards God, and how remarkable his devotion, has been made evident by miracles since his death; for in the place where he was killed by the Pagans, fighting for his country, infirm men and cattle are healed to this day. Whereupon many took up the very dust of the place where his body fell, and putting it into water, thereby did much good to their friends who were sick. This custom came, so much into use, that the earth being carried away by degrees, there remained a hole as deep as the height of a man. Nor is it to be wondered that the sick should be healed in the place where he died;

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