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2                             BYGONE SUSSEX.
Sussex. Earl Godwin's possessions at Bosham became the home of his famous son, and it was thence that Harold journeyed to Normandy. The name of the last of the Saxon Kings is for ever connected with that famous battle when England was lost and won. Nor is William the Conqueror less associated with Sussex on whose coast he landed, and where he fought the decisive battle that made the Normans masters of the realm. Pevensey, that remarkable combination of Roman fortress and Norman castle, was besieged by the Red King. Arundel Castle was the scene of the reception of the Empress Maud by the Queen Dowager Adeliza. At Lewes was fought the great battle in which Henry III. sustained a crushing defeat by his barons. Peace had her victories too, and Sussex was honoured by royalty in stately progresses. Henry VIII. received a royal welcome at Michelgrove, Edward VI. at Petworth, "Good Queen Bess" at Cowdray, and George I. at Stanstead. In modern times Brighton grew up under the patronage of George IV. and William IV. It was from Brighton—then the little fishing town of Brighthelmstone—that Charles II. escaped to France, and it was at Newhaven that Louis
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