escaped and lived to fight another day... but,
in spite the betrayal of their Saxon defenders, William exacted a heavy
penalty from the monks and the abbot of Ely...
Ely was the second richest monastery in England at the time of the Domesday
survey made by William I and pardon was only obtained after making a journey
to Warwick, and the payment of a thousand pounds...
It is recorded that in order to satisfy William the monks had to melt
down or sell almost all the gold and silver objects in the church, including
"crosses, altars, shrines, tissues, chalices, patens, basins, buckets,
fistulas, goblets, dishes, and above all the figure of St. Mary with the
Child seated on a throne of wonderful workmanship which Abbot Elsin (died
1016) had made", also four wooden figures of Virgins enriched with gold
and silver and precious stones.