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Children in their cradles are sold for slaves, by an atrocious violation of the law." The misery and wretchedness of the inhabitants of the land continued until the Monarch ascended the throne, of whom the Saxon poet sang : "Here ended his earthly joys Edgar, England's King, And chose the light of another world, beauteous and happy: Here Edgar departedthe Ruler of the Angles, The Joy of the West Saxons, the Defender of the Mercians That was known afar among many nations: Kings, beyond the baths of the sea-fowl, worshipped him, far and wide, They bowed to the King, as one of their own kin.

There was no Fleet so proud, there was no Host so strong, As to seek food in England while this noble King ruled.

For two hundred years, these fierce barbarians of the north were the terror and the scourge of the Saxons; and ever when the Danish flag, bearing the representation of a Raven, was seen over the waves that beat towards England, it was the sure omen of burning dwelling-houses, of pillaged monasteries, and of a fugitive or slaughtered people.

A contemporary writer pathetically describes the condition of the Angles.

The latter have failed to survive, but their precise fate is as yet undiscovered.

The records stored in Star Chamber were moved to the Chapter House at Westminster after the court's abolition.

William also gave him the lands of Hillington, Grimston, Congham and Little Massingham that had belonged to Scula.

For some years after the death of Harold at Hastings, West Norfolk enjoyed its independence ; and Orgar and Scula, among the thanes and ceorls of the County, acknowledged no superior, paid no tribute, and continued to manage their estates and govern their vassals according to the example of immemorial custom.

But when the Conqueror's ships appeared in the Wash, and William himself was marching at the head of his forces from Cambridge to Ely, in order to storm Hereward's impregnable natural fortress, the day of independence for the Saxon gentlemen of West Norfolk was drawing to a close.

The house stood at the southern end of the moated island.

The northern section of the island would have contained either a garden or a second courtyard with outbuildings.

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