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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 145



On the twenty-first day of the month of August the king of England passed by the island of Gorgona, and on the twenty-second day of the month of August the king came to Porto Baratto. On the twenty-third day of August, being the vigil of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, the king proceeded two leagues by land, and a few knights with him, on hired horses, and came to a port, near a castle, called Piombino, to meet his galleys ; and here the king embarked on board the galley of Fulk Bustac, in which he had not previously sailed. Being gratified with a favourable wind, he next passed an island which is called Perraria, and another called Argentana, as also an island called Genit ; after which he arrived at a port called Talemunde. On the 'twenty-fourth day of August the king came to a port which is called Portocarrero, which lies midway between Marseilles and Messina. On the same day the sails were split of the galley on board of which the king was, on which he again embarked on board the galley Pombone, and then passed the city of Corneto, the city of Civita Vecchia,6 6 and the place which is called the Faro di Boma; after which he entered the Tiber. At the entrance of this river there is a fine tower, but deserted, and there are also very considerable remains of ancient walls. Here Octavianus, cardinal-bishop of Ostia, came to meet him; to whom the king uttered many reproaches, charging the Bomans with simony, because they had agreed to take seven hundred marks for the consecration of the bishop of Le Mans, and fifteen hundred marks for the legateship of the bishop of Ely, and a large sum of money that the archbishop of Bordeaux might not be degraded, who was criminaUy accused by his clergy. On the twenty-sixth day of August the king passed by a certain forest which is called Silvadena, in which there is a marble road, made like a pavement, which extends through the middle of the wood twenty-four miles, the wood abounding with. deer, roebuck, and fawns. On the same day the king passed by a castle which is called Nettuno. Here is a quay which was formerly covered with copper ; here also was the entrance to a subterraneous passage, through which money brought from all quarters was conveyed to Borne. After this, the king passed by a castle which is called Estura. On the twenty 6 6 This place can be but faintly recognised under the name given in the text, " Senes la Veile."


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