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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 Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the Master of the Hospital, arrwe in England. A.D . 1185. Eraclius, the patriarch of the Holy Resurrection, and lord Roger, the master of the hospitallers, came to Henry, king of England, at Reading. And when they had related to him the cause of their journey, they excited the king and all their hearers to tears, for the unheard-of desolation of the Holy Land. They also brought to the king many memorable tokens in confirmation of their petition, namely, relics of the nativity and passion of the resurrection of Christ, and the keys of the tower of David and of the Holy Sepulchre. They also, with tears, related to him the rash and wicked purpose of Saladin, showing him moreover the papal letters which contained the entire series of those events, with a great multiplicity of testimonies. But the king having taken counsel, replied, " that for him to accept the kingdom of Jerusalem which they offered him, and to go thither, and to desert the kingdom of England, and expose it to its hostile neighbours, would not be, as' he imagined, acceptable to God, since this kingdom was as pleasing to God, and as devout as the other." So the patriarch being disappointed in his hope, returned to his own country. And when Saladin heard of this, he began in a most merciless manner to ravage those territories of the Christians which bordered on his own. Pope Lucius died this year, and was succeeded by Urban. A great earthquake was felt at Lincoln, on the fifteenth of April. John, the younger son of king Henry, was knighted by his father, and sent into Ireland. Baldwin, bishop of Worcester was made archbishop of Canterbury, and John, precentor of Exeter, was made bishop of the same church. About this time, the young Baldwin, king of Jerusalem, died, nor was there any one who could then succeed him in the kingdom, except Sibylla, the sister of the leprous king, Baldwin, and mother of the youthful king, Baldwin ; on which account, the desolate state of the kingdom increased, and the audacity of Saladin against the Christians. Geoffrey, count of Brittany, dies. Hugh, a Carthusian monk, is made bishop of Lincoln. A.D . 1186. Baldwin, archbishop of Canterbury, received the paDium, and also the office of legate in the province which was subject to him, from the Church of Rome. The same


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