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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 203



Boners many of those who offered resistance ; and had not the night come on, in all probability, on that day the king would have taken the emperor prisoner. But, as the king and his people were on foot, and did not know the paths across the mountains by which the emperor and his ' men took to flight, they returned with a great booty to the city of Limezun, which the Griffons had deserted ; and found in it an abundance of corn, wine, oil, and flesh meat. On the same day, after the victory gained by the king of England, his sister, the queen" of Sicily, and the daughter of the king of Navarre, entered the harbour of Limezun with the rest of the king's fleet. The emperor, however, collecting his men, who had been dispersed in the valleys among the thickets there, on the same night pitched his camp about five miles from the army of the king of England, affirming, with an oath, that he would the next day give battle to the king. On the king being informed of this by means of his spies, long before daybreak he had himself and his troops fully armed, and, going forth without any noise, came up to the army of the emperor, and found his people buried in sleep. TJpon this, he rushed into their tents with a loud and terrible shout, on which, aroused from their slumbers, they became as though dead men, not knowing what to do Or whither to fly ; for the army of the king of England came upon them like ravening wolves, and made immense havoc among them. The emperor, however, with a few of his people, made his escape in a state of nudity, leaving behind him his treasures, horses, arms, and tents of extreme beauty, together with his imperial standard, embroidered all over the surface with gold, which the king of England immediately determined to present as an offering to Saint Edmund, the king and glorious Martyr. Accordingly, the king of England, having gained a complete victory, returned to Limezun, a mighty triumpher over his foes. On the third day after this, there came to the king of England, in the isle of Cyprus, Guido, king of Jerusalem, Geoffrey of Lusignan,20 his brother, Amfrid de Tours, Raymond, prince of Antioch, and Boamund his son, the earl of Tripolis, and Leo, the brother of Rupin de la Montaigne, and, offering to the king their services, did homage to him, and swore fealty to him against all men. On the same day, the emperor of Cyprus, 2 0 V. r. Lenizant.


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