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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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A.D. 1188. REPORT OF THE ENVOYS OF THE KING OF FRANCE. 9 θ In the same year, the king of England and 'the king of France held a conference, between Bonimolt and Sulenne, on the fourteenth day before the calends of September, being the sixth day of the week. At this conference the king of France offered to restore to the king of England whatever he had taken from him in war, upon the following conditions : That he should give his sister Alice in marriage to his son Richard, and should allow homage and fealty to be done to the said Richard, his heir, by the people of his territories. But the king of England, not forgetful of the injuries which the king, his son, had done to him in return for a similar promotion, made answer that he would on no account do so. At this, earl Biehard being greatly indignant, without the advice and wish of his father, did homage to the king of France for all the possessions of his father beyond sea, and, swearing fealty to him against all men, became his adherent : on which, the king of France gave to him Chateau Baoul, and Yssoudun, with the whole honor thereof, in return for his homage and fealty. However, the before-named kings made a truee between them until the feast of Saint Hilary ; but Henry, the cardinal-bishop of Albano, whom our lord the pope had sent to put an end to the dispute between the before-named kings, excommunicated earl Richard, because he had broken the peace, and then, returning to Flanders, he died at Arras. In the same year, the envoys of the king of France, whom he had sent to Isaac, the emperor of Constantinople, on their return home, reported that the sultan of Iconium had given his daughter in marriage to the son of Saladin, and that Saladin had given his daughter to the son of the sultan; and that Daniel, a prophet of Constantinople, had prophesied that in the same year in which the Annunciation of our Lord should be on Easter day,68 the Franks should recover the Land of Promise, and should stall their horses in the palm groves of Baldack,8' and should pitch their tents beyond the trees of the desert, and that the tares should be separated from the wheat. They also reported that in the palace of the emperor of Constantinople more honor was paid to the envoys of Saladin than to any other persons of the very highest dignity; and that, with the consent of the emperor of Constantinople, Saladin had sent his idol to Constantinople, in order that it might there be publicly worshipped; but, by the grace of God, before it arrived. 8 8 The latter being a moveable feast. 8 9 Probably meaning either Baalbec or Bagdad.


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