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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 379



368 ANNALS OF EOGEB DE HOYEDEX. A.D. 1173. also quitted claim to him of all right that the king his father and himself had claimed in Chateau Begnaud. All these gifts, and many besides that he made to other persons, he confirmed under his new seal, which the king of France had ordered to be made for him. Besides these, he made other gifts, which, under the same seal, he confirmed ; namely, to William, king of Scotland, for his assistance, the whole of Northumberland as far as the river Tyne. To the brother of the same king he gave for his services the earldom of Huntingdon and of Cambridgeshire, and to earl Hugh Bigot, for his services, the castle of Norwich. Immediately after Easter, in this year, the whole of the kingdom of France, and the king, the son of the king of England, Bichard his brother, earl of Poitou, and Geoffrey, earl of Bretagne, and nearly all the earls and barons of England, Normandy, Aquitaine, Anjou, and Brittany, arose against the king of England the father, and laid waste his lands on every side wdth fire, sword, and rapine : they also laid siege to his castles, and took them by storm, and there was no one to relieve them. Still, he made all the resistance against them that he possibly could : for he had with him twenty thousand Brabanters, who served him faithfully, but not without large pay which he gave them. Then seems to have been fulfilled this prophecy of Merlin, which says : " The cubs shall awake and shall roar aloud, and, leaving the woods, shall seek their prey within the walls of the cities ; among those who shall be in their way they shall make great carnage, and shall tear out the tongues of bulls. The necks of them as they roar aloud they shall load with chains, and shall thus renew the times of their forefathers." Upon this, the king wrote letters of complaint to all the emperors and kings whom he thought to be friendly to him, relative to the misfortunes which had befallen him through the exalted position which he had given to his sons, strongly advising them not to exalt their own sons beyond what it was their duty to do. On receiving his letter, William king of Sicily wrote to him to the following effect : " To Henry, by the grace of God the illustrious king of the English, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and earl of Anjou, William, by the same grace, king of Sicily, the dukedom of Apulia, and the principality of Capua, the enjoyment


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