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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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Scotland, does homage to Henry—Henry visits the tomb of Becket—Louis of France comes to Englandfor the same pur pose—Philip Augustus succeeds to the throne of France— Story of Prestar John—Prince Henry dies—The Saracens invade Spain—Saladin makes himself master of the Holy Land —Philip Augustus, Henry, and the emperor Frederic assume the cross—Quarrels between Henry and his sons—Death of Henry. Frederic is created emperor. A.D. 1155. Frederic was elected emperor, and crowned. Prince Henry, son of Henry the Second, was born in London, on the last day of February. This year also, the hand of Saint James was restored to Beading. About this time also, Henry, king of England, sent formal messengers to Rome, and requested pope Adrian, who had lately been elected, and whose favour he confidently hoped to obtain, inasmuch as he was an Englishman, to allow him to enter Ireland in a hostile manner, and to reduce it under his own power, and to recall those men sunk in brutish ignorance to the more becoming faith of Christ, and to incline them to obey the church of Rome with fidelity. And the pope cheerfully granted the king this permission, and gave him also additional privileges. The same year, Robert, bishop of Exeter died, and was succeeded by Robert, dean of Sherborne. The same year also, Henry, king of England, confiscated the property of William of Peverel for sorcery, because he had poisoned Ranulph, earl of Chester. And there were said to have been several others privy to and accomplices in that deed of wickedness. About that time, Hugh de Mortimer, a most arrogant man, fortified his castles of Gloucester, Worcester, and Briges, against the king ; but the king marched against him, and levelled them all with the ground. The same year, Louis, king of France, married the daughter of Alphonso, king of Spain. This year, Thomas, a Londoner by birth, and who was hereafter to become bishop and martyr, received the first benefice which he ever had from the house of Saint Alban ; namely, the church of SraUefelU, and not long afterwards, he transferred himself to the service of Theobald, archbishop of Canterbury ; by whose management he was soon afterwards promoted to the archdeaconry of Canterbury. This year, Peter, sumamed Comerstor, flourished in France, who wrote that


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