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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 78



morse-stung conscience at having in a and his innocence of the horrible crime. paroxysm of rage urged the assassins to After some delay, the sovereign Pontiff the foul deed, and, moreover, dreading expressed himself satisfied with the sor the wrath of the Pope, he secluded row of the king, and, as a penance, im himself for several days in a private posed a pecuniary donation in aid of the apartment, without light or food, and Crusade, besides other sacrifices. Thus allowing no one to approach him, passed terminated this protracted quarrel, which, the time in prayers and bitter self-accubesides curbing the too-tyrannical power sations. On recovering from this shock, of the King, and strengthening the liber he wrote a submissive letter to the Pope, ties of the people, added greatly to the declaring his deep grief at the martyrauthority of the Pope. dom of his old favourite, the Archbishop, CHAPTER III. Birth of Eleanora$ children, Joanna and John—Marriage of her daughter Matilda —She assumes the regency of Normandy, then of Aquitaine—King Henry makes a tviU—He again excites the jealousy of the Queen—His harshness to his sons— They support the cause of their mother—The King goes to Guienne—Returns to England with his Queen and daughter-in-law, Margaret, and imprisons them— Docs penance at Canterbury—Defeat of Prince Richard, and capture of the Scotch King—Success of the royal arms—Marriage of the Princess Joanna—Prosperity of the country—London in the twelfth century—Death of Erince Henry—Temporary reconciliation of Jung and Queen—Prince Richard's success in Aquitaine— Lay of the troubadour—Death of Erince Geoffrey—I'rince John conspires against his father—King Henry s mad passion on learning it—His death—His bodyplundered and neglected— Grief and consternation of his heir—Funeral—Character-* Pope's bull for the invasion of Ireland—Richard releases Eleanora, and confines iier jailor—Eleanora's character improved by age and imprisonment—Her regency— Richard does homage to the King of France—Returns to England—His coronation —Massacre of the Jeivs. _AELYinll65,Qucen whilst, at the same time, the inhabitants Eleanora gave birth of Guienne and Poitou had revolted, beto the Princess Jocause they were eager for her presence. anna, at Angors, the Henry, therefore, proceeded to Koucn, capital of Anjou, and and after satisfying the Normans, took in December of the Eleanora, and left her with her favourite following year was son, lUchard, at Bourdeaux, an arrangeborn her son, Prince ment which greatly pleased the people of John, at Woodstock. In 1167, she prothe south. ceeded with her daughter, Matilda, to Although Aquitaine was nominally goher royal lord in Normandy, where, after verned by Eleanora, all the real regal celebrating the marriage of Matilda with power was in the hands of her husband's Henry, snrnamcd the Lion, Duke of Norman soldiers—a state of things alike Saxony, she assumed the regency of Nordispleasing to the Queen, to Prince mandy. But the Normans, who had Richard, and to the barons of the south. rust mourned the death of the Impress In 1170, King Henry made a will, beMatilda—a Princess as much beloved in queathing England, Normandy, Maine, Normandy as she was despised in Engand Anjou to his son Henry, Aquitaine land—rose in insurrection against her, to Kichard, Brittany to Geoffrey, in


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