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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.
page 113



112 ΑΚΪΓΑΧ8 OF KOGEB DE HOVEDEX. A..D. 1189. barons of Normandy, on Saint Margaret's day, being the fifth day of the •week, and the thirteenth day before the calends of August. Having then received the oaths of fealty from the clergy and the people of the dukedom of Normandy, he gave to Geoffrey, son of Hotrod, earl of Perche, his niece, Matilda,, daughter of the duke of Saxony, in marriage. On the third day after this, that is to say, on the feast of Saint Mary Magdalen, Philip, king of France, and Bichard, duke of Normandy, met to hold a conference between Chaumont and Trie. Here the king of France urgently requested that the duke of Normandy would restore to him Gisors, and many other places, which it would be tedious individually to mention. But Bichard, seeing that if he did so, it would redound to his everlasting loss and disgrace, added to the beforementioned twenty thousand marks of silver, which the king, his father, had covenanted that he would pay to the king of France, another four thousand marks of silver, and by these obtained his favour and regard ; and the king of France restored to him everything that he had taken in war from the king, his father, both castles as weB as cities, and other fortified places, and viBs and farms as weB. ^ In the meantime, queen Eleanor, the mother of the before! named duke, moved her royal court from city to city, and from castle to castle, just as she thought proper ; and sending mesj sengers throughout aB the counties of England, ordered that I aB captives should be liberated from prison and confinement, / for the good of the soul of Henry, her lord ; inasmuch as, in her own person, she had learnt by experience14 that confinement is distasteful to mankind, and that it is a most deBghtful refreshment to the spirits to be liberated therefrom. She, more• over, gave directions, in obedience to the orders of her son, the duke, that aB who had been taken in custody for forestal offences should be acquitted thereof and released, and that all persons who had been outlawed for forestal offences should return in peace, acquitted of aB previous offences against the forest laws; and further, that aB persons who had been taken and detained by the wiB of the king, or of his justice, and who had not been detained according to the common law of the county or hundred, or on appeal, should be acquitted ; and that those who were detained by the common law, if they could find sureties that they would make due re- M She had been kept sixteen years in close confinement by her husband, king Henry.


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