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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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entering the harbour without any hindrance ; and when Saladin saw this, he immediately tied, leaving the city without hope of relief. The strength of the city was, however, impregnable, and the garrison, on the side of Saladin, consisted of nine thousand armed men. About the same time, the devil, the enemy of the human race, seeing the success of this important affair that had now been vigorously begun, and envying that success, sowed discord and the seeds of ruinous war, and begot hostility between the king of the French, and Richard, count of Poitou, and the king of England too, to such a degree, that they attacked one another with slaughter and conflagration, and breathed nothing but anger and hatred. At last, they came to Normandy to a conference, but as, after many debates, they could not find the way of peace, they departed more at variance with one another than before. Henry had several sons and daughters, namely, William, who died as a child, Henry the Younger, who had been crowned as king, Richard, the king, Matilda, Geoffrey, Eleanor, Joanna, and John, the king. Count Richard adheres to the king of France. King Henry, worn out by sorrow, dies. A.D . U£9. A great famine and mortality caused the human race to waste away in a horrible manner. The war between the kings of England and France grew fiercer every day ; and now Richard, count of Poitou, began with all bis heart to espouse the side of Philip, king of France, against his father, by which the heart of Henry was afflicted with great bitterness. Many also forsook king Henry and adhered to count Richard, especially the Bretons. Pope Clement sent John d'Anagni, the cardinal, with full powers to settle the disputes and quarrels between the two kings, in which he succeeded to some extent, but not entirely. As a crown to hie miseries, it happened that Sakdin, having made a treaty with the emperor of Constantinople, surrendered all the churches of the Holy Land which he had reduced under his own dominion to the emperor and bis prelates, that the rites of the Greek church might be observed in them. Moreover, Saladin also sent to Constantinople some ri tee of his own law, to be observed therein. Richard, count of Poitou, becoming moie and more carried away by his anger, did homage to the king of France, by way of an insult to his father. About that time, the emperor Frederic, being about to visit the places of our Lord's suffer


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