Troubled History of Hexham

This is some more from The Highways & Byways of Northumbria. This is about one of its most ancient and well known towns:

Hexham had a very troubled history, the early portion of which culminated i 875 when the Danes, under Haldane landed and pillaged and destroyed Hexham along with many other churches. The church was to reconstituted util 113, when it was made into a priory of the Austin Canons. The buildings were never completed because of he Scottish raids which culminated towards the end of the 13th century. …A very vivid account of these raids is gin but the chronicler of Lanercost who writes with an intense hatred of the Scot that was no doubt reciprocated. On Friday of Passion Week, 1297, a detachment of the Scottish Amy made an incursion into England, burning and slaying among the country villages as far as the monastery of Carham. In April the same year a band of young knights and fighting men forced their way through Redesdale under the leadership of the earl of Buchan. The Lanercost chronicler says:

“In this raid they surpassed in cruelty all the fury of the heathen; when they could not catch the strong and young people who took flight, they imbrued their arms, hitherto unfleshed, with the blood of infirm people, old women, women in child-bed, and even children 2 or 3 years old, robbing themselves apt scholars in atrocity, in so much so that they raised soft little span-long children priced on pikes to expire thus and fly away to heavens. They burnt consecrated churches; both in the sanctuary ad elsewhere they violated women dedicated to God as well as married women and girls, either murdering them or bribing hem after gratifying their lust. Also they herded together a crowd of little scholars in the schools of Hexham,and having blocked the dos, set fire to that pile (so) fair (in the sight) of god. Three monasteries of holy collegiate were destroyed by them- Lanercost of the Canons Regular, and Hexham of the same order, and (that) of the nuns of Lamely; al of these the devastation can by no means be attributed to the valour of warriors but to the dastardly combat of thieve, who attacked a weaker community where they would not be likely to meet with any resistance. “

Hexham never fully recovered from these misfortunes. The prior ad convent were impoverished, though they still retained possession of the church at Hexham and the land belonging to it until the dissolution of the monasteries. A number of them rebelled and took part in the Pilgrimage of grace, but want of combination ruined their dance of success and Henry VIII took stern measures against the. He ordered Norfolk “without pity or circumstance” to see that “all the monks and chaos that be in anywise faulty, to be tied uppe, without further delay or ceremony to the terrible example of others; wherein we think you shall doe unto us high service.”

I assume “tied up” means hanged. Probably slowly.

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