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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
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them, at a place called Mirabel, under the direction of their father, because the barons of Aquitaine, to whom the king, the son, had engaged himself by oath, were not present, the king, the father, sent his son Geoffrey to them that they might come to the said conference for the establishment of peace and reconciliation, and in the meantime cease from all hostilities. But the said Geoffrey, utterly forgetful of God and of respect for his father, and unmindful of his commands, did not bring peace, but the sword, and, slighting his oath, his homage, and the fealty which he had so often sworn to his father, entered into a compact with the enemies of his father, for the purpose of harassing him, and induced a sacrilegious race, and one detested by the Church of Rome,2 6 to ravage the territories of his father. The king, the son, on hearing of this, entreated his father to establish peace between his brother Bichard and the barons of Aquitaine. In answer to the entreaties of his son, our lord the king promised that he would preserve peace, and that, for this purpose, in the manner that had been agreed upon in the preceding summer, reparation should be made for all excesses committed by either party, or else, if that should not please the barons, he would judge them in conformity with the opinions pronounced by his court. This offer was quite to the satisfaction of the king, the son ; on condition, however, that the castle of CkirvauLx should remain safe in the hands of the king, his father. Upon this, the king, the son, having gained of his father all that he had requested, with his father's permission set out for Limoges, for the purpose of inviting both his brother Geoffrey and the harons of Aquitaine to come to terms, and in the meantime sent his wife to France, to her brother, the king of that country, for the purpose of being in safety. The king, the father, also, at the request and by the advice of the king, the son, came with a few followers by another road to Limoges, in safety from his sons and in safety from his subj ects ; but when he had come to this territory that was his own, Ms own subjects received him most shamefully, for they aimed their arrows against him, so much so that they even wantonly pierced his coat armour, wounded one of his knights before his eyes, and violently prevented the king from entering either the city or 2 8 The hireling Brabanters mentioned below. They formed part of the " ruptnarii," or " Routiers," the employment of whom was forbidden by the Church of Rome.


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