Elmer was ayoung who lived at Malmsbury , and who loved to gaze up at the stars. the early tides of the 11th yearhundred, when Britain was still hilds from oversees, the Vikings would often beset churches and smite anyone inside. In the meantime, Elmer would look to the skies for bodings of things to come... and also a way out...
One day, Elmerhis of Greek godlore, namely heeding the tale of Daedalus, who was hired by king Minos to build his maze in Crete. To keep the of his maze, Minos then locked up Daedalus and his son Icarus, who only got away by shafting themselves wings of leather and wax.
Elmer betook tothe tale of Daedalus by making wings for himself, then minting to fly away from the steeple of the bedehouse (many Saxon churches had high bell shafts, both as a lookout and to spell out warning; whenever the Vikings got hold of a church, the bell was always the first thing they tore town; its worthy could be beaten into high wened swords and helms...). have made up Elmer's flight, and they reckon that his launch must have been at least 18 high, which is the height of the last Saxon churches in England today. They also think that he built his gliding cladding from willow or ash, the most lightweight and limber of the woods in the Cotswolds nearby.
William of Malmsbury tells us that Elmer would have spowed a downward glide of some 200 metes before he landed.