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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 315



314 ANNALS OP. ROGEB DP HOVEDEN. A.D. 1194. and laid siege to it. Earl David, also, brother of the king of Scotland, with Eanulph, earl of Chester, and the earl of Ferrers, with a great army, laid siege to Nottingham castle. The archbishop of Canterbury, also, with a large force, laid siege to Marlborough, which was in a few days surrendered to him, safety to life and limb being granted to the garrison. In like manner, the castle of Lancaster, of which Theobald Fitzwalter, his brother, had charge in behalf of earl John, was surrendered to him ; Saint Michael's Mount, in Cornwall, was also surrendered to him, which Henry de la Pomeroy, after expelling the monks, had fortified against the king ; and the said Henry, on "hearing of the king's arrival, died of fright. These three castles, however, Marlborough, Lancaster, and Saint Michael's Mount, were surrendered before the king's arrival ; while the other two, namely, Nottingham and Tickhill, made a stout resistance to the besiegers. But, on hearing of the king's arrival, the people in the castle of Tickhill, with the permission of the bishop of Durham, sent two knights to see if the king really had returned, and to offer their castle to him. The king, however, refused to receive it, unless they would place themselves at his mercy, without any exception ; and accordingly they returned, and told Bobert de la Mare, the constable of the castle, and the rest of the garrison, the king's intentions. TJpon this, after conferring with the bishop of Durham, who had promised them safety to Bfe and limb, they surrendered to him, in the king's behalf, the castle of Tickhill. The garrison, however, of the castle of Nottingham did not send any of their number to meet the king. The king, being consequently much exasperated, came to Nottingham on the day of the Annunciation of our Lord, being the sixth day of the week, with such a vast multitude of men, and such a clangor of trumpets and clarions, that those who were in the castle, on hearing and seeing this, were astonished, and were confounded and alarmed, and trembling came upon them; but stiU they could not beUeve that the king had come, and supposed that the whole of this was done by the chiefs of the army for thè purpose of deceiving them. The king, however, took up his quarters near to the castle, so that the archers of the castle pierced the king's men at his very feet. The king, being incensed at this, put on his armour, and commanded his army to make an assault on the castle ; on which a sharp engagement took place between


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