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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 261



with great pomp, returned thanks, attended with praises, to the Virgin of virgins, their protectress. At Pentecost, Louis, king of the Franks, Theodoric, earl of Flanders, and the earl of St. Gilles, with numberless troops from the well-peopled kingdom of the Franks, besides many of the English nation, having assumed the cross, set out for Jerusalem, for the purpose of expelling the pagans, who had taken the city of Boaise. Conrad also, the emperor of Germany, led a still greater body of troops, and both armies passed through the dominions of the emperor of Constantinople, who afterwards betrayed them. In the month of August, Alexander, bishop of Lincoln, set out for Auxerre, to meet pope Eugenius, who was then at that place, having previously been to Paris. He was received by the pope in the most honorable manner ; but, in consequence of the excessive heat of the weather, brought with him to England the seeds of disease and death, and died in the following year, having for his successor Bobert do Chedncy. In the year of grace 1148, being the thirteenth year of the reign of king Stephen, the armies of the emperor of Germany and of the king of the Franks, which, graced by those most noble chieftains, marched onward with the greatest pomp, were annihilated, because God utterly despised them. For the incontinence ascended to the sight of God, of which they were guilty in acts of fornication and manifest adultery ; a thing which greatly displeased the Almighty, and was aggravated by the rapine and all kinds of crime of which they were afterwards guilty. Accordingly, at first they fell, attacked by famine, through the treachery of the emperor of Constantinople, and afterwards by the edge of the enemy's sword. The king of France and the emperor of Germany, upon this, with a very small number of followers, fled ignominiously, first to Antioeh, and afterwards to Jerusalem. On arriving there, the king of France, as though about to do something to compensate his loss of glory, having obtained the aid of the knights of the Temple at Jerusalem, and gathering forces on every side, laid siege to Damascus ; but having effected nothing there, he returned to France. Tn the meantime, a naval force, headed by no influential men, and relying upon no mighty chieftain, but only on Almighty God, inasmuch as it had set out in a humble spirit, 250 ANJÎALS OF BOGEE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1113.


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