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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 313



312 ANN AXS OF E0GEE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1194. On the king being set at liberty, all who were present shed tears of joy. The emperor then gave to the king a safe conduct as far as the port of Antwerp. On the king reaching Cologne, the archbishop of Cologne received him with joy, and, in his delight at his liberation, celebrated the following mass : —" Nunc scio vere, quia misit Bomims angelum suum, et eripuit me de manu Herodis, et de expectatione plebis Judœorum" &c.7 And, when the king took his departure thence, the said archbishop escorted him as far as the gate of Antwerp, where the river Rhine falls into the sea.8 On the king arriving at this place, he embarked on board the galley of Alan Trenchemere, in order that in it he might more easily pass among the islands ; but each night he left the galley and went on board a large and very fine ship which had come from Rye, and lay on board of it at night, and then, in the daytime, returned on board the galley, until he arrived at the port of Swiene, which is in Flanders, in the territory of the count of Hainault, having been four days on his voyage from the port of Antwerp to the port of Swiene ; and he made a stay of five days in the port of Swiene. On the sixth day, about the third hour, he left the port of Swiene ; and, on the day after, about the ninth hour, landed in England, at the port of Sandwich, it being the third day before the ides of March,9 and the Lord's Day. In the meantime, there came into England, not long before the king's arrival, Adam of Saint Edmund's, a clerk, and one of the household of earl John, being sent by him to England with letters for the purpose of fortifying his castles against the king, his brother. Having come to London, and it being in his power to cross over without any hindrance, he went to the mansion of Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, and dined with him; where he uttered many boasts about the prosperous circumstances of his master, and the familiar acquaintanceship that existed between the king of France and his master, and mentioned that the king of France had delivered up to him the castle of Driencourt and the castle of Arches, which were to have been placed in the hands of the archbishop of Rheims, according to the terms of the writing above-mentioned, and 1 " Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews." Acts xii. 11. The commencement of the introit on the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. 8 Our Chronicler is at fault in his geography here. ' The 12th March.


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