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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 530



Α. ο. 1180. THE KING OF ENGLAND LEVIES AN AUMY. 519 home, in consequence of the injury he had done to Frederic, the emperor of the Romans, in taking his chancellor prisoner, he remained with Manuel, the emperor of Constantinople, and married one of the nieces of that emperor; on hearing of which, his brother, Boniface, who had kept the above-named Christian, archbishop of Mentz and chancellor to the emperor, in prison, received from him twelve thousand perpera,49 and set him at liberty. In the year of grace 1180, being the twenty-sixth year of the reign of king Henry, son of" the empress Matilda, the said king was in England, at Nottingham, on the day of the Nativity of our Lord ; at which festival, William, king of the Scots, was also present. In this year also, Philip, the king of the Franks, seeing that his father was severely afflicted with a paralytic disease, followed in every respect the advice of Philip, earl of Flanders. Listening to his counsels, he began to practise tyranny over his people, and despised and hated all whom he knew to be the familiar friends of his father : his own mother too, he persecuted to such a degree, that he drove her out of his dominions ; his uncles also, William, archbishop of Bheims, count Theobald, and count Stephen, he subjected to great persecutions. At their entreaty, Henry, king of England, the son, crossed over to England, and told his father of the excesses and vexatious conduct which Philip, king of France, was guilty of towards his mother and his uncles, by the advice of the earl of Flanders ; on hearing which, the king of England, the father,.with the king of England, the son, before Easter, crossed over to Normandy. Accordingly, they were met in Normandy by the queen of the Franks before-named, accompanied by count Theo-Dald and count Stephen, her brothers, and many other noblemen of the kingdom of France : who, giving hostages to the king of England, the father, and making oath that they would not neglect to follow his advice, became his adherents. After this, the king of England, the father, levied a great army throughout liis dominions on both sides of the sea, purposing, after Easter, to enter the territories of the king of France in a hostile manner, for the purpose of avenging the injuries which the new 4 9 A golden coin of Constantinople, which were more generally called "hyperpera." They are said to have received this name from the superlative brightness of the highly refined gold ot which they were made.


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