Jones, Inigo, 1573-1652; Charleton, Walter, 1619-1707; Webb, John, 1611-1672 / The most notable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stone-Heng, on Salisbury Plain, restored, by Inigo Jones ... To which are added, the Chorea gigantum, or Stone-Heng restored to the Danes, by Doctor Charleton; and Mr. Webb’s Vindication of Stone-Heng restored, in answer to Dr. Charleton’s reflections; with observations upon the orders and rules of architecture in use among the ancient Romans. Before the whole are prefixed, certain memoirs relating to the life of Inigo Jones; with his effigies, engrav’d by Hollar; as also Dr. Charleton’s, by P. Lombart; and four new views of Stone-Heng, in its present situation: with above twenty other copper-plates, and a compleat index to the entire collection
Stone-Heng restored to the Danes, pp. 1-48
48 S T o x HNa Reflored, &c. Camp, (in Wiltjbire, and probably not far from the Place whe Stone-Lfeng ftands,) and having viewed the manner of their encampinz, and obferved their Security, he returned back to feveral of his Lords,, retreated into the Ifland called Edlingfej, invironed with two Rivers, Thane and Parret, in SomerfitJbire) and acquainting them in how carelefs and open a Potlure he found the Enemy; recolle&ed the fcattered Remains of his Forces, and with thefe furprizing the Danes and putting them firft into a pannick Terror, and then to Flight, gave them fo conftderable a Defeat, that they immediately fubmit- ted to a Treaty, and delivered Hoftages for Performance of Conditin Now, confidering the extreme low Ebb of Fortune, to which this excellent King was at that time brought.; and the high Flood of Prof. perity that in the mean while had advanced the Danes over all Parts of his Dominions, infomuch that nothing feemed wanting to comi pleat their Conqueft, but only to find out the few pefendants who remained in Obfcurity; and withal refle&ing upon the former-mcn- tioned Cuftom of that ambitious and martial Nation, to ezke& Courts Royal of huge Stones, according to the mantier defcribcd, for the leffion of their Kings, in all Countries, -where the happySticcefs ol their Arms had given them a Title to Sovereignty : I am apt to be. lieve, that having then over-ran the whole Kingdom, except onl) SomerfetJbire, and encamping their main Army in Wiltjire, for nea upon two Years together ; and fetting up their Reft in a Confidenci to perpetuate their newly acquired Power, they employed themfelves during that Time of Leifur nd jollity, in ereding Stone-Heng, a a Place wherein to Ele& and Inaugurate their Suprcanc Commander King of England: The Weaknefs of the diftrefl-ed Alred affordin them a fit Opportunity, and that Country yielding them fit Materi. als for fo great and fiupendous a.Work. - Nor is'it improbable, thai the great Supinity and Diforder in which the'Royal Spie found them when the Magick of his Fiddle had charmed them into an Imper. ception of the Majefty of his Perfon, and procured him a free Wld come into their Camp; might be occafioned by the 7ubilee they ce, lebrated, after they had finifhed that laborious Task, and therein newl3 crowned their King, after a triumphal Manner, fuch as at once corre. fponded with the Fafhion of their Anceftors, and expreffed the Pro fufenefs of their publick Joy. For many of our Hiftorians relate that the Danij Army was at that time let loofe to Luxury and Reve -ling; and that the unknown Mulician was brought to play before thed King, Gurmund, in his Tent, during a long and magnificent Feaft But perhaps I may be thought too bold, in daring, from fuch flen. der Paffages and circumiftantial Hints, thus precifely to guefs at ti Age of this Antiquity; concerning whofe Original, neither Hiftory nor Tradition, hath left any Glimpfe of Light, whereby the Inqui. fitive might be guided thro" the darkfome Vale of Uncertainty, tc the delightful Manfion of Truth. Leaving every Man, therefore, tc the Liberty of his own Thoughts, touching this Particular, as alfi whatever elfe hath been faid of the Monument it feilf, and its ori-i- nal Defignation: I here put a Period to this Difcourfe, wherein, though I have adventgred to contend. with Oblivion; I had no Dc- fign to ufurp upon the Judgment of others. FINIS.
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