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An unhistorical but lively verse romance from about 1350 in 811 lines. It tells of the chance meeting in a forest of four messengers, one of whom, Athelston, becomes king of England, and the subsequent relations between the four. One becomes archbishop of Canterbury; one becomes earl of Dover; the fourth becomes earl of Stane and the father of Athelston's chosen successor Edmund.

Subjects: Literature.

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