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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 228



A.D. 1126. EARL OF MELLENT TAKEN PRISONER. 217 his horse, and a monk galloped over him;69 in consequence of which he was so crushed that he ended his life in a few days. The king went thence attended by Robert, bishop of Lincoln, on his road to "Woodstock ; where the bishop being attacked by a sudden malady, lost his speech, and, being carried to an inn, soon afterwards breathed forth his spirit.70 This happened on the tenth day of the month of January. In the year 1124, at the feast of the Purification, the king gave the archbishopric of Canterbury to "William de Curbuil, prior of the canons of Chiche.11- After this, at Easter, king Henry, when at "Winchester, gave the bishopric of Lincoln to Alexander, the nephew of Roger, bishop of Salisbury, justiciary of all England ; he also gave the bishopric of Bath to Godfrey, the queen's chancellor, and about Pentecost, crossed the sea ; on which a dispute arising, the earl of Mellent revolted from him ; whereupon the king laid siege to his castle, the name of which is Pontaudemer, and took it. In the year 1125, great success smiled on the king; for William de Tankerville, the king's chamberlain, fighting a pitched battle with him, took the above-named earl of Mellent prisoner, together with Hugh de Montfort, his brother-in-law, and Hugh PitzGervaise, and delivered them to the king ; on which he placed them in confinement. In the same year died Teulph, bishop of Worcester, and Ernulph, bishop of Eochester. In the year 1126, king Henry remained during the whole of the year in Normandy, and there gave the bishopric of Worcester to Simon, the queen's clerk, and that of Chichester to Sefrid, abbat of Glastonbury. William, archbishop t>f 69 The corresponding passage in Roger of Wendover's account is :— *A monk of St. Alban 's, whose lands he had unjustly seized on, involuntarily galloped over him." 70 This circumstance is mentioned more fully in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. " It fell out on a Wednesday, being the fourth day before the ides of January, that the king rode in his deer-park, and Roger, bishop of Salisbury, was on one side of him, and Robert Bloet, bishop of Lincoln, on the other : and they rode there talking. Then the bishop of Lincoln sank down, and said to the king, ' My lord king, I am dying;' and the king alighted from his horse and took him between his arms, and bade them bear him to his inn, and he soon lay there dead." 71 St. Osythe, in Essex. Ingram says that this priory was re-built A.D. 1118, for canons of the Augustine order, and that there are considerable remains of it.


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