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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 391



380 ANNALS OP EOGEE B E HOVEDEN. A.D. 1174. OH this, the king of the Scots, departing thence, laid siege to the castle of Prudhoe, which belonged to Odonel de Umfraville, but was unable to take it. For Robert de Stuteville, sheriff of York, William de Yesci, Ranulph de GlanvBle, Ralph de Tilly, constable of the household of the archbishop of York, Bernard de BaBol, and Odonel de TJmfravBle, having assembled a large foree, hastened to its succour. On learning their approach, the king of Scotland retreated thence, and laid siege to the castle of Alnwick, which belonged to William de Vesci, and then, dividing his army into three divisions, kept one with himself, and gave the command of the other two to earl Dunecan and the earl of Angus, and Richard de MorvBle, giving them orders to lay waste the neighbouring provinces in aB directions, slaughter the people, and carry off the spoB. Oh, shocking times ! then might you have heard the shrieks of women, the cries of the aged, the groans of the dying, and the exclamations of despair of the youthful ! In the meantime, the king of England, the son, and PhiRp, earl of Flanders, came with a large army to Gravelines, for the purpose of crossing over to England. On hearing of this, the king of England, the father, who had marched with his army into Poitou, and had taken many fortified places and castles, together with the city of Saintes, and two fortresses there, one of which was caBed Fort Haror, as also the cathedral church of Saintes, which the knights and men-at-arms had strengthened against him with arms and a supply of provisions, returned into Anjou, and took the town of Ancenis, which belonged to Guion de Ancenis, near Saint Florence. On taking it, he strengthened it with very strong fortifications, and retained it in his own hands, and then laid waste the adjoining parts of the province with fire and sword ; he also rooted up the vines and fruit-bearing trees, after whieh he returned Luto Normandy, whBe the king, his son, and PhiBp, earl of Flanders, were still detained at Gravelines, as the wind was contrary, and they were unable to cross over. On this, the king of England, the father, came to Barbefiet,27 where a considerable number of ships had been assembled against his arrival, and, praised be the name of the Lord ! as it pleased the Lord, so did it come to pass ; who, by His powerful might, changed the wind to a favourable quarter, 2 7 Harfleur.


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