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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 279



Toulouse, and, after taking them, fortified them in the king's behalf, and levelled many other fortresses with the ground, after which they proceeded as far as the gates of Toulouse, and passed the night almost under its very walls. In the same year, many pilgrims who had come away with the king of England from the land of Sulia, returned before the Nativity of our Lord to England, hoping there to find the king ; and, on being asked about the king, where he was, they made answer, " We know not, but his ship on board of which he embarked, we saw nearing the shore at Brindisi, in Apulia." In the meantime, Leopold, duke of Austria, who had taken the king of England, delivered him into the hands of Ilenry, emperor of the Romans ; in consequence of which, the said emperor wrote to Philip, king of the Franks, to the following effect : Tlie Letter of Ilenry, emperor of tke Romans, to Philip, king of France, in reference to the confinement of Richard, king of England. " Henry, by the grace of God, emperor of the Romans and over august, to his beloved and especial friend Philip, the illustrious king of the Franks, health and sincere love and affection. Inasmuch as our imperial highness does not doubt that your royal mightiness will be delighted at all things in which the omnipotence of the Creator has honored and exalted ourselves and the Roman empire, we have thought proper to inform your nobleness by means of these presents, that while the enemy of our empire and the disturber of your kingdom, Richard, king of England, was crossing the sea for the purpose of returning to his dominions, it so happened that the winds brought him, the ship being wrecked on board of which he was, to the region of Istria, at a place which lies between Aquileia and Venice, where, by the sanction of God, the king, having suffered shipwreck, escaped, together with a few others. A faithful subject of ours, the count Maynard of Gortze, and the people of that district, hearing that he was in their territory, and calling to mind the treason and treachery and accumulated mischief he had been guilty of in the Land of Promise, pursued him with the intention of making him prisoner. However, the king taking to flight, they captured eight knights of his retinue. Shortly after, the king proceeded to a borough in the archbishopric of Saltzburg, which is called Frisi, where Frederic de Botesowe took six of his knights, the king hastening on by


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