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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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of venerable character, bishop of Chartres, a man of profound learning in the Holy Scriptures, and an illustrious doctor, died. Pope Paschal died. A.D . 1118. Baldwin, king of Jerusalem, died, as did Matilda the Second, the good queen of England, and pope Paschal, who was suceeeded by Gelasius. This year, the order of the Templars began in the following mantfer. Some men of the Equestrian order, fearing God, put themselves in the hands of the patriarch of Jerusalem, devoting themselves to the service of Christ, and professing to Uve in chastity and obedience, renouncing their own inclinations. Calixtus succeeded. Louis, king of France, and king Henry fought. A.D . 1119. On the -first of April, pope Gelasius died, at Cluniacum ; and on the tenth of January, he was succeeded r by Calixtus. Peter, the first prior of Bermondsey, died. The same year, a battle took place in the open field between Louie, king of France, and Henry, king of England. In which terrible conflict king Henry was twice wounded on the head, so that, although he was weU defended by breast-plate and helmet, yet he was so stunned by the weight of the mighty blow that he received, that he was with difficulty cured, and not till after a long time. At last, he gained the victory, and overthrew the man who wounded him, and took him prisoner, and threw him into prison. The same year, Richard of Albinet, the noble abbot of Saint Alban's, died, whose praiseworthy actions would require a special treatise. Herebert, bishop of Norwich, died, a man illustrious both in his life and death. This year, pope Calixtus came into Normandy to king Henry ; and the great king and the Supreme Pontiff conferred for some time at Gisors. William and Richard, the sons of king Henry, and his daughter and niece, are drowned. A.D . 1120. On the nineteenth of March, the light fell twice on the tomb of the Lord. The same year, king Henry, having subdued all his enemies, and arranged everything in Normandy according to hie pleasure, found that joyful things were not to be unmixed with sad ones in this world. For, when his sons William and Richard, and his daughter and niece, and Richard, earl of Chester, and the stewards, and chamberlains, and cupbearers of the king, and many other nobles with them, were sailing joyfully to England, they were all wrecked at sea, and


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