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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 575



in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord one thousand six hundred and sixty-six, crowned at London, king of the English. He reigned over England twenty-two years, and after his death his son William reigned thirteen years ; in the ninth year of whose reign a pilgrimage14 of the nations to Jerusalem against the Saracens took place. In the fourth year of this expedition, Jerusalem was taken by the Franks, and Godfrey, duke of Lorraine, reigned over it, though for one year only ; and was succeeded by his brother Bald\vin, who reigned eighteen years. King William was slain with an arrow while hunting in England, in the thirteenth year of his reign ; on which he. was succeeded by his brother Henry, who reigned thirty-six years. He was a feeder of wild beasts,15 and a guardian of the; forests, and has been styled by Merlinus Ambrosius,16 in his' "History of the Kings," " the lion of justice;" for he exercised justice and judgment in the land. He was succeeded by Stephen, his nephew, who reigned nineteen years ; after whose death Henry, the son of Geoffrey, earl of Anjou, and of Matilda, the former empress of the; Itomans, and daughter of the before-named king Henry thei First, took the helm of the kingdom of England, and reigned thirty-five years. He dying, and being buried at the abbey of the nuns at Fontevraud, his son Eichard succeeded him in the government of the kingdom, and after having reigned nine years, seven months, and, twenty days, being struck by an; arrow at the siege of the castle of Chaluz, departed this life on the eighth day before the ides of April. His entrails were interred at Chinon, his heart at Rouen, and his body at Fontevraud. After his decease his brother John succeeded to the throne, and reigned over the kingdom of England." 14 15 The first Crusade. Alluding to his maintenance of the Forest laws in all their strictness. 1 6 A Latinized form of the British name of Merlin, or Merdhin Emrys, the magician and prophet. It is pretty generally supposed that there was no such person. His pretended prophecies are still in existence. 1 7 H e now resumes the thread of his Annals. ERRATUM. In p. 82, note 28, add, " A quotation from Horace." END OF VOL. I.


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