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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
page 183



172 ANNALS 0Γ EOGEB DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1090. with the leave, of king William ; they also engaged that they would first deliver up the castle of Rochester. But, when Odo had eome to Bochester with the king's men, who, on the king's behalf, were to receive possession of the castle, he was immediately placed in confinement together with them, by those who were in the eastle. Some persons assert that this was done by the cunning contrivance of the bishop. However, in this eastle there were some valiant knights, and almost all the nobility of Normandy. There was also there, Eustaee the Younger, earl of Boulogne, and many of the nobles of Flanders. When the king heard of this, he came with his arnry to Rochester, and laid siege to the city ; upon which, after a short time, those who were in it surrendered; and thus the bishop, who was almost a second king of England, irrecoverably lost his dignity. But, on arriving in Normandy, he immediately received charge of the whole province83 from duke Robert. William, bishop of Durham, and many others also, took their departure from England. In the year 1089, Lanfranc, the archbishop of Canterbury, departed this life, on the ninth day before the calends of July, being the fifth day of the week. In the same year, on the third day before the ides of August, being Saturday, about the third hour of the day, there was a very great earthquake throughout England. In the year 1090, William the Younger, king of England, with the intention of taking Normandy from his brother Robert and subjecting it to his own dominions, first took the eastle Of Walter de Saint Valéry, and the castle which has the name of Albemarle, and, afterwards, several other castles, and plaeed knights in them, who committed ravages throughout Normandy. On seeing this, and discovering the faithlessness of his own people, duke Robert sent ambassadors to Philip, king of the Franks, his liege lord, who thereupon came into Normandy, and the king and the duke laid siege to one of the castles which was garrisoned by his brother's troops. On this being told to king William, he seeretly sent a considerable sum of money to king Philip, and, entreating him to desist from besieging it, succeeded in his object. 83 These words are succeeded by the following detached sentence, " cujus ordinem causae libellus in hoc descriptus ostendit." It is evidently corrupt, and capable of no exact translation ; though it probably means, " the reasons for which will appear from what is previously stated."


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