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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 452



A.D . 1199. CHARGE AGAINST EARL JOHN. 451 king of Trance erected a new castle between Buttevant and GuaiBon, and rooted up a forest belonging to the king of England, in the neighbourhood of the said place. On the king of England hearing of this, he returned urto Normandy, and sent word to the king of France, by Eustace; bishop of Ely, his chancellor, that the truce was broken, unless he should cause the said new castle to be levelled. The legate accordingly advised the king of France to demolish the» said castle, in order that a truce so solemnly confirmed might not, for such a reason, be broken ; and, at his solicitation, the king of France promised that he would shortly level the said castle. But Bichard, king of England, being far from contented with this, desired that either a full understanding should be come to between them, or else that no peace should be made between them. Accordingly, a treaty was made between them, to the following effect : that the king of France should restore to the king of England, the whole of the territories which he had taken from him, whether in war, or whether in any other way, with the sole exception of the castle of Gisors ; in return for which, the king of France, granted to Bichard, king of England, the presentation to the archbishopric of Tours. It was also ar - ranged, thatLouis, the son of the king of France, should marry the daughter of the king of CastBle, the niece of Bichard, king of England, and that the king of France should make oath, that he would, to the utmost of his ability, aid Otho, the nephew of the king of England, in gaining the Roman empire. In return for this, Richard, king of England, was to give to Louis, son of the king of France, the castle of Gisors, with his said niece in marriage, and was also to give him twenty thousand marks of sBver. However, all these things had to be delayed till such time as Richard, king of England, should return from Poitou. Philip, king of France, however, that sower of discord, sent word to the king of England, that John, earl of Mortaigne, his brother, had entirely placed himself in his hands, and that he would show him the document signed by John himself to that effect. A thing much to be wondered at ! the king of England believed the king of France, and held his brother John in hatred, so much so, that he caused him to be disseised of his lands on both sides of the sea. When, however, the said John enquired what was the cause of this GG 2


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