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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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the next year, after having gained the entire favour of the pope and his whole court, he so thoroughly repaired and restored his own church, which had heen destroyed by fire, that the damage so done to it appeared afterwards to have been no damage at all. Ramdph, earl of Chester, is taken prisoner by Stephen, king of England. A.D. 1145. The king of England took Ranulph, earl of Chester, at Northampton, as he was coming to him in a peaceable manner, and thrust him into prison, and detained him there, until he surrendered to him the castle of Lincoln, and the other castles which were under his power ; and then, being joyful and elated at his success, though so discreditably obtained, he wore his crown in Lincoln. This year a boy was crucified at Norwich, by the Jews. The emperor Conrad, and Louis, Icing of France, went on ajourney to Jerusalem. A.D. 1146. The emperor Conrad and Louis, king of France, and many other nobles and chiefs, assumed the sign of the cross, that they might go to Jerusalem, and adore the traces of the Saviour. William of Saint Barbara, dean of York, was made bishop of Durham. The same year died Galfric, of venerable memory, abbot of Saint Alban's. This year, there died also, Anselm, bishop of Rochester, Roger, bishop of Chester, and Robert, bishop of Hereford. Anselm was succeeded by Walter, archdeacon of Canterbury Roger, by Walter, prior of Canterbury, and Robert, by "Gilbert, abbot of Gloucester. The same year, Henry, a Cistercian monk, obtained the archbishopric of York, after the death of Thurstan. The same year, a comet appeared in the west, diffusing marvellous rays on all sides. The emperor of Germany and the king of France go to Jerusalem. A.D. 1147. There was a motion made by the emperor, and by the king, and many others who were proceeding in an expedition to Jerusalem. The emperor Conrad, after the end of the winter, reached the port of Acre with his companions. And from thence he went to Jerusalem, where he was received with exceeding joy. And about the same time the king of France followed him with seventy thousand fully armed troops, but in his march he suffered many attacks and distresses and


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