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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 394



A.D. 1196. ABCHBISHOP HUBERT* S APPLICATION TO THE KING. 393 to Orkney, and there remained in peace and quietness, until Harold the Younger, having obtained permission from Swere Birkebain, king of Norway, to claim a moiety of Orkney, brought with him Siward Murd from Hegland, and many other warriors, and invaded Orkney ; on which, Harold- the Elder was unwilling to engage with him, but leaving Orkney, went to the Isle of Man, where he collected a fleet and many men. Harold the Younger did the same, and came to the Isle of Man, wishing to have an engagement with Harold the Elder ; but the latter, before the arrival of Harold the Younger in Man, departed with his fleet for Orkney by another road, and slew all whom he found there. On hearing of this, Harold the Younger returned to Wick, in Caithness, and there engaged with Harold the Elder ; and in this battle the younger Harold and the whole of his army were slain. On the death of Harold the Younger, Harold the Elder came to the king of the Scots, with the safe conduct of Roger and Reginald, the bishops of Saint Andrew's and Ross, and offered the king a large sum of gold and silver for liberty again to hold Caithness : on which the king made answer, that he would give him the said land if he would divorco his wife, the daughter of Malcolm Mathar, and take back his former wife, the sister of Duncan, earl of Fife, and deliver to him as hostages, Laurentius, his clerk, and Bonavar, the son of Iggemund ; which Harold declined to do. Upon this, Beginald, son of Sumerled, king of Man, came to William, king of the Scots, and purchased of him Caithness, saving to the king his yearly revenues therefrom. In the same year, Richard, king of England, gave to WUliam de Chimely, archdeacon of Richmond, the bishopric of Evreux, in Normandy ; and the said king gave to master Eustace, his seal-bearer, the archdeaconry of Richmond. In the same year, Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the whole of England, and legate of the ApostoBc See, by his messengers, often and repeatedly entreated his master, Richard, king of England, to relieve him from the government of the kingdom, pointing out that he could not possibly attend to both the government of the church and of the kingdom. Although the king was unwilling to do this, because there had been no one found Bke to him as a guardian


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