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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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A.D. 1102. CONDUCT OF EARX ROBERT DE BELESME. 193 ness, together -with his army, he embarked, and, about the time of the feast of Saint Peter ad Vincula, landed at a place called Portesmudh,31 and immediately moving on hie army towards Winchester, encamped in a suitable spot. On learning his arrival, some of the chief men of England at once, as they had previously arranged, went over to him, while others, concealing their sentiments, remained with the king. But the bishops, the common soldiers, and the English, with resolute determination, sided with him, and were unanimously prepared to go forth to battle in bis cause. However, the more prudent men on both sides, having held a discreet conference among themselves, made peace between the brothers on the foBowing terms :—that the king was to pay yearly to the duke three thousand marks of silver and restore gratuitously to all the ancient dignities in England which they had lost in consequence of their fidelity to the duke ; and in Bke manner, the duke was to restore them to those, who, for the king's cause, had lost their dignities in Normandy, without any recompense. On these terms being made, the king's army returned home, and part of the duke's returned to Normandy, whUe part remained with him in England. In this year, Godfrey, king of Jerusalem, son of Eustace the elder, earl of Boulogne, who had been previously the most powerful duke of Lorraine, departed this Bfe, and rests entombed in the church of Golgotha. After his death, the Christians unanimously elected his brother, Baldwin, their king. At this period, Bobert de Belesme, earl of Shrewsbury, the son of earl Eoger, commenced (with the view of opposing king Henry, as the event proved,) to repair with a broad and high waU the castle which Agelfleda, lady of the Mercians, in the reign of her brother Edward the Elder, had formerly buBt on |he western side of the river Severn, at a place caBed Bridge ;33 he also began to build another in Wales, at a place whieh is called Carrocove. In the year 1102, the above-named earl Bobert de Belesme, who also at that time ruled over the earldom of Ponthieu, and was possessed of a considerable number of castles in Normandy, strongly fortified the city of Shrewsbury and the eastle there, as also the castles of Arundel and of Titchil,34 with 33 Portsmouth. V. r. Moresmuth. 33 Now Bridgenorth. 34 Tickhill, in Yorkshire. VOL. I. o


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