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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.
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Normandy, with the wife whom he had married in Sicily. Shortly after this, Henry, king of the English, assembled the elders of England3" at London, and took to wife Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm, king of the Scots, and of queen Margaret, and sister of the kings Edgar, Alexander, and David: on which she was consecrated queen, and crowned by Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, on the Lord's day, being the day of the feast of Saint Martin. Thomas, archbishop of York, a man whose memory was revered, and of exemplary piety, affable, and beloved by all, departed this life at York, on the Lord's day, being the fourteenth day before the ealcnds of December, and was succeeded by Gerard, the bishop of Hereford. In the year 1101, Louis, king of the Franks, visited the court of king Henry at London, at the time of the Nativity of our Lord. On the calends of February, Ranulph, the bishop of Durham, escaped from confinement, by means of extreme artfulness, and, crossing the sea, went to Robert, duke of Normandy, and persuaded him to make a hostile invasion of England. In addition to this, many of the powerful men in this country sent ambassadors to him, and begged him to come with all haste, offering him the crown and the kingdom. On the eighth day before the ides of June, the 'eity of Gloucester, together with the principal monastery there and many others, was destroyed by fire. In conseqtienee of the above representations, Robert, duke of Normand y, having collected a vast number of knights, archers, and foot, assembled his ships at a place which, in the Norman language, is called Treport ;31 on learning which, king William gave orders to his sailors to watch the seas, that no one might approach the English territory from the country of Normandy, and, having collected an innumerable army throughout the whole of England, he himself pitched his camp not far from Hastings, in Sussex ; for he considered it a matter of certainty that his brother would land in that neighbourhood. But duke Robert, acting on the advice of bishop Ranulph, so wrought upon some of the king's sailors, by making them promises of different kinds, that, forsaking the fealty which they owed the king, they went over to him, and acted as his guides to England. All things, therefore, being in readi- 30 The Witenageraote. 31 V. r. Ultrepoit. 192 ANNALS OF ROGER DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1101.


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