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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 479



ANNALS OF ROGER DE HOTEDEN. A.D. 1177- The Charter of Audehert, earl of March, made on the sale of Ms earldom to Henry, king of England, the father. "B e it known to all present, as -well as to come, that I, Audebort, earl of March, having lost my son, who was my sole heir, and being thereby left to the inclination of my own will, have, inasmuch as I have made a vow to devote myself for ever hereafter to the service of God, made sale of the whole of my lands, and whatever belonged to me by hereditary right, to my lord Henry, the illustrious king of the English, no one making objection to the same, (indeed there being no one whatever who could of right object thereto,) for fifteen thousand pounds of money, Anjouin, paid down to me in full at Grammont, twenty mules, and twenty palfreys. And further, I have by my corporal oath, administered by the hands of WUliam, archbishop of Bourdeaux, given security that I will guarantee to my lord the king, and to his heir, the earl of Poitou, or to whomsoever ho shall give the same, the aforesaid lands, in good faith and without evil intent, against all men, and that, during the whole of my life, I will do nothing either by contracting marriage or in any other way, to prevent the aforesaid sale from remaining inviolate. And to the end that this my sale so solemnly made, may not possibly, by any malignity hereafter, bo rendered null and void, I have fortified the same with my seal. Bone publicly in the year from the Incarnation of our Lord 1177, in the month of December, at Grammont, in presence of the archbishop of Bourdeaux, John, bishop of Poitou, and many others." After these matters were transacted at Grammont, our lord, the king of England, the father, received homage and the oaths of fealty and allegiance from the barons and knights of the earldom of March, and Audebert, the said earl of March, departed thence with the above-mentioned sum of money which had been paid him by the king of England. In the same year, a great flood took place in Holland, the embankments against the sea being burst asunder, and washed away nearly the whole of the property in that province, and drowned multitudes of people ; this took place on the seventh day before the idès of January. In the meantime, the abbat elect of the church of Saint


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