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MORDACK.

A LITTLE before his death, he betooke the possession of his kingdome vnto Mordacke that
Mordacke succéedeth Eugenius the seuenth. succéeded him. This Mordacke was the nephue of Eugenius the seuenth, by his brother Ambirkeleth: who as he was knowne to be of a gentle, meeke, and liberall nature, before his aduancement to the crowne; so he shewed himselfe to be the verie same man during the whole course of his naturall life, after he had atteined to the same. Aboue all things he wished A louer of peace. a generall peace to continue amongst all the princes of Albion, and therevpon for his part establishing a peace with the Picts, Britains, and all the English kings, he firmelie kept euerie article therein conteined. In those daies (as S. Beda dooth testifie) foure seuerall people liued in peace and quietnesse within the bounds of Albion, though differing in manners, language, Peace thorough out all the land of Albion. lawes, and ordinances: Saxons whome he called Englishmen, Britains, Scots, and Picts. His woords are these that follow.

The nation of the Picts at this time is in league with the Englishmen, and gladlie is The testimonie of Beda. partaker of the vniuersall peace and veritie with the catholike church. Those Scots which inhabit Britaine, contenting themselues with their owne bounds, go about to practise no deceitfull traines, nor fraudulent deuises against the Englishmen. The Britains, though for the most art through a familiar hatred doo impugne the English nation, and the state of the whole catholike church, obseruing not rightlie the feast of Easter, besides other naughtievsages,yet both the diuinepower and humane force vtterlie resisting them, they are not able in neither behalfe to atteine vnto their purposed intentions; as they which though partlie frée, yet in some behalfe are thrall and mancipat to the subiection of the Englishmen: which Englishmen now in acceptable peace and quietnesse of time, manie amongest them of Northumberland, as well of the nobilitie as other, laieng away armour and weapon, applie themselues to the reading of holie scripture, more desirous to be in houses of vertuous conuersation, than to exercise feats of warre. What will come thereof, the age that followeth shall perceiue and behold. ¶ With these words dooth Beda end his historie, continued till the yeare 734, in the which yeare Mordacke the Scotish king 734. Mordack ended his life the same yeare that saint Beda. made an end of his historie. Candida Casa now called Whitterne. ended his life.

He repared sundrie churches and religious houses, which being defaced with violence of the enimies inuasions in time of warre, had not béene reedified by his ancestors. But amongest other, he bestowed much cost vpon the church where the bodie of S. Ninian lieth, in the towne ancientlie called Candida Casa, & now Whitterne or Qhuitterne. Saint Beda calleth that place Pictiminia, and the bishop which at the same time held the church there, he nameth Acta, auouching how he was the first that was bishop thereof after the daies of saint Ninian. Which if it be true, it must néeds be that afterwards some vacation happened in that see for a time, sith it is notified in the Scotish histories, that the westerne lles, Galloway, and other regions néere adioining, were subiect vnto the bishop of Sodor (whose sée is in the Ile of Man) vnto the daies of Malcolme the third, who restored rather than ordeined the bishops sée in Candida Casa againe, after such vacation as before is specified.

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