renounced and lost the faith of the heavenly kingdom, and again delivered themselves up to be defiled by the abominations of their former idols. But presently after, the king of the Britons, Ceadwal, slew them both, through the rightful vengeance of heaven, though the act was base in him. He first slew Osric, the next summer, by whom being besieged in a strong town he sallied out on a sudden with all his forces, by surprise, and destroyed him and all his army. After this, for the space of a year, he reigned over the provinces of the Northumbrians, not like a victorious king, but like a rapacious and bloody tyrant, and at length brought to the same end Eanfrid, who unadvisedly came to him with only twelve chosen soldiers, to sue for peace. To this day, that year is looked upon as unhappy, and hateful to all good men; as well on account of the apostacy of the English kings, who had renounced the faith, as of the outrageous tyranny of the British king. Hence it has been agreed by all who have written about the reigns of kings, to abolish the memory of those perfidious monarchs, and to assign that year to the reign of the following king, Oswald, a man beloved by God. This last king, after the death of his brother Eanfrid, advanced with an army small indeed in number, but strengthened with the faith of Christ; and the impious commander of the Britons was slain, though he had most numerous forces, which he boasted nothing could withstand, at a place in the English tongue called Denises-burn, that is, Denises-brook.
HOW AMONG INNUMERABLE OTHER MIRACULOUS CURES WROUGHT
BY THE CROSS, WHICH KING OSWALD, BEING READY TO ENGAGE
AGAINST THE BARBARIANS, ERECTED, A CERTAIN YOUTH HAD
HIS LAME ARM HEALED.
The place is shown to this day, and held in much veneration, where Oswald, being about to engage, erected the