||MS D: The monastery at Peterborough was plundered, namely by the men that Bishop Æthelric 51 had excommunicated because they had taken there all that he had.
MS E: Then the monks of Peterborough heard it said that their own men meant to plunder the monastery – that was Hereweard 1 and his following. That was because they heard it said that the king had given the abbacy to a French abbot called Turold 1, and he was a very stern man, and had then come to Stamford with all his Frenchmen. There was then a sacristan called Yware 1; he took by night all he could, the Gospels and chasubles, and copes and robes, and some such small things – whatever he could – and went at once before dawn to the abbot Turold 1, and told him he was seeking his protection, and informed him how the outlaws were alleged to be coming to Peterborough. He did all that according to the monks’ advice. Then forthwith in the morning all the outlaws came with many ships, and wanted to enter the monastery, and the monks withstood them so that they could not get in. Then they set fire to it and burnt down all the monks’ houses and al the town except one house. Then they got in by means of fire at Bolhithe Gate, and the monks came towards them and asked them for a truce, but they paid no attention, and went into the church, climbed up to the Holy Rood and took the crown off our Lord’s head – all of pure gold – and then took the foot-rest that was underneath his feet, which was all of red gold. They climbed up to the steeple, brought down the altar-frontal that was hidden there – it was all of gold and silver – and took there 2 golden shrines and 9 of silver, and they took 15 great crucifixes, of both gold and silver. They took there so much gold and silver, and so many treasures in money and vestments and books, that no man can reckon it up to another. They said they did it out of loyalty to the monastery. Then they went on board ship and proceeded to Ely, where they deposited all the treasure. The Danes expected that they were going to overcome the Frenchmen. Then all the monks were scattered and none remained there but one monk who was called Leofwine 73 Tall [Lang]; he was lying ill in the infirmary. Then came Abbot Turold 1 and 160 Frenchmen with him, and all fully armed. When he arrived he found everything burnt inside and out except the church. The outlaws were then all afloat – they knew he would be bound to come there. This was done on 2 June. The two kings, William 1 and Swein 5, came to an agreement. Then the Danes proceeded out of Ely with all the above-mentioned treasures, and took them with them. When they were in the middle of the sea there came a great storm, and scattered all the ships carrying the treasures – some went to Norway, some to Ireland, some to Denmark and all that reached there was the altar-frontal and some shrines and crosses and much of the other treasure, and they brought it to a royal town called [blank], and then put it all in the church. Then afterwards through their carelessness and drunkenness the church was burnt one night with everything in it. Thus was the monastery of Peterborough burnt down and plundered. Almighty God have pity on it through his great mercy! And thus Abbot Turold 1 came to Peterborough, and the monks came back, and performed the service of Christ in the church, which had stood a whole week without any kind of service. When Bishop Æthelric 51 heard tell about it, he excommunicated all the men who had done this wicked deed.