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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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In these days, that most opulent island, Sardinia, became subject to the emperor, and was there bestowed by the emperor on his son. The same year, Alexander, king of Scotland, espoused Maria, the daughter of Engelram de Conci, a noble baron of France. This year, too, William de Bale, bishop elect of Norwich, was consecrated, and admitted to his diocese, in the church of Saint Paul, London, by archbishop Edmund. This year also, an agreement was come to at Northampton, in which earl Richard, and William the mareschal, and a great many other nobles of England, swore that, without seeking any more for excuses for delay, they would set out that very year on an expedition to Jerusalem. This year too, the lord the emperor marched towards Rome, and took Viterbo, and made himself master of great part of the adjacent country, and demanded that a general council should be held, that he might openly demonstrate his innocence before it, and clear and reestablish bis character. About the same time, on the ninth of August, the church of the convent of Abingdon was dedicated. And also, at the same time, the churches of Evesham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Winchcomb, Pershore, Alcester, and many others in the realm of England, were dedicated, according to the statutes of the council held at London. This year, too, about the time of the feast of Saint Michael, a valiant knight, named Radulph de Thony, died at sea. CH. XI.—FBOM A.D. 1240 το A.D. 1244. Leoline, prince of North Wales, dies—His succession is disputed by his sons—Many knights leave England for the Holy Land, under prince Richard—Peace between the Christians and Saracens—King Henry invades Wales—Great disturbances in France—The king of France proposes terms of peace to Henry, who refuses them—Great quarrels between the emperor and the pope; between the kings of England and Scotland; and between the Welch and English. King Henry causes an oath of fealty to he taken to his son Edward throughout the whole of Enghnd. A.D . 1240. At the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, king Henry held his court at Winchester, where he invested Baldwin de


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