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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 232



A.D. 1130. GREAT COUNCIL AT LONDON. 221 monk, and of Hugh the Great, who, with the great army of Christians and many of the chieftains of Europe, laid siege to Jerusalem, and rescued it from the hands of the pagans. In the year from the incarnation of our Lord 1129,78 king Philip begat Louis, who reigns at the present time ; and if he only followed in the footsteps of his ancestors, you would not be remaining so securely in his kingdom." After these things were said and done, king Henry returned to Normandy. About this time,. a certain duke, Theoderic by name, came from the parts of Germany to make certain claims upon Flanders, and having with him certain noblemen of that country ; and this he did at the persuasion of king Henry. "William, earl of Flanders, having collected an army and set his forces in battle array, marched against him, and a fierce battle ensued. By his invincible prowess, earl William made up for the deficiency of his forces, which were few in number. All his arms being stained with the blood of the enemy, he cleared the ranks of the foe with his sword like hghtning, and, in consequence, his enemies being unable to bear the terrible might of his youthful arm, in utter dismay, took to flight. Thus did the earl gain a complete victory ; but, while he was besieging a castle79 of the enemy, and was on the morrow to receive its surrender, the foe being now almost annihilated, by the will of God, receiving a slight wound in the hand, he died in consequence thereof. This most noble youth, during his short fife, earned endless glory, and, in his praise, a poet has said: "Mars has died on earth, the deities bewail a deity their equal." This year, also, Hugh de Pains, master of the knights of the Temple at Jerusalem, came to England, and brought many with him from Jerusalem ; among whom was Fulk, the brother of Geoffrey, earl of Anjou, who was destined to be king. Banulph Flambard, bishop of Durham, and William Giffard, bishop of Winchester, departed this life. Ln the year 1130, Louis, king of the Franks, caused his son Philip to be made king ; and king Henry, having made peace in all parts with Prance, Flanders, Normandy, Brittany, Maine, and Anjou, returned in high spirits to England. On the calends of August, he held a great council at London, on the 78 Of course, this date is an error. '9· That of Eu, against king Henry.


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