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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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and Elerius, abbot of Pershore, was appointed baron of the king's exchequer at the beginning of Lent. Concerning the coronation of Richard, earl of Cornwall, as king of the Romans. A.D. 1257. Henry the Third, king of England, in the fortieth year of his reign, held his solemn court at Westminster, generally till Easter, with all the mayors of his kingdom ; and there were present as ambassadors some very illustrious nobles, conspicuous for their personal size and the splendour of their appointments, sent on the part of the nobles of Germany for the lord Richard, earl of Cornwall, brother of the said king of England, whom (as has been already said) they had elected king of the Romans. And he, having received hostages, and being entirely deserving of such an office, arrived on the appointed day at Aix la Chapelle, with great honour and glory, on the Friday next before the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. And all the nobles and mayors, and all the clergy and laity went forth in a body to meet him at the entrance of the city ; and received him magnificently and honourably, with great joy and exultation. At length, on the day of the Ascension of our Lord, in the presence of the archbishops, bishops, abbots, dukes, earls, barons, and an innumerable body of the nobles of the kingdom, having been, after the fashion of the German kings, anointed with the chrism of the holy unction, in the seat of Charlemagne, he received the sceptre and/crown of the Roman kingdom, his wife Senchia being, as was right, solemnly crowned with him. The same year, Walter, bishop of Norwich, died, and was succeeded by Master Simon de Wanton ; and Radulph of Norwich, the chancellor of Ireland, was, by the canons of Dublin, canonically elected to the dignity of archbishop ; hut was infamously betrayed at the court of Rome by his procurators, and his election annulled ; and the archbishopric was conferred on Fulk de Sanford, who was present on some connection with the cause. The same year, a detestable war broke out in Wales ; for Edward, the king's son, who had received from his father the greater part of that country as a gift, went into the district of Chester ; where, being deceived by evil counsel, endeavouring to impose the yoke of slavery on the Welch, to which they were unaccustomed, he utterly alienated from him


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