vessel, by contrary winds, was driven into Frith
writes: “Malcolm Canmore
, the young unmarried King
, who had just regained his dominions, happened to be present when the royal fugitives landed, and was so struck with the beauty of the lady Margaret Atheling
, that in a few days, he asked her in marriage of her brother.
joyfully gave the hand of the dowerless Princess
to the young and handsome sovereign, who had received the exiled English
in the most generous and honorable manner, and whose disinterested affection was sufficient testimony of his disposition.
After her marriage, the Saxon Princess
became the happy instrument of diffusing the blessings of Christianity throughout her husband's dominions, commencing the work of conversion in the proper place, her own household and court.
The influence which her personal charms had, in the first instance, won over the heart of her royal husband, her virtues and mental powers increased and retained to the last hour of Malcolm
William the Conqueror on being informed of the arrival of the Saxon royal
family in Scotland
, sent an embassador to Malcolm
demanding that Edgar
should be delivered up to him, and threatening war in case of refusal.
, who considered it both faithless and cruel, to surrender his suppliant, his guest and relation, a man against whom even his foes could allege no crime, into the hands of an enemy, determined to endure every extremity at whatever cost it might be, than basely yield to the demand of William.
War was the result of this refusal.
The Conqueror regarding the Scottish war as a thing of little importance, sent Roger, a Norman nobleman, against Malcolm
But the King
defeated and dispersed this army.
, was then sent with a stronger force, but he was incessantly harrassed by Patrick Dunbar
, an ancestor of General Lee
, and kept constantly engaged in light skirmishes, so that he accomplished but little.
Odo, William's brother, was now sent with a much more powerful body of forces, and committed extensive ravages in Northumberland
But on his return, with an immense booty, he was attacked by Malcolm
, who recovered the spoil, besides inflicting considerable slaughter and making many prisoners.
The army being recruited, William's eldest son, Robert, an accomplished knight and able general, was placed in command.
But he rather repelled the Scots than prosecuted an aggresive war. He entered into a negotiation with the Scottish monarch, which ended in a friendly treaty.
External peace was followed by intestine disorders.
set himself industriously to work, in composing these difficulties and reforming public morals.