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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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A.D. 1264. SOME JEWS PUT TO DEATH IN" LONDON. 413 party of the barons came forth to meet htm, and gave him up the keys. And while he was there, there came some nobles of the northern parts of the country, bringing him assistance ; namely, John de Baliol, Robert de Bruce, and Peter de Bruce, and many other barons, with several thousand soldiers ; and the lord the king celebrated the festival of Easter at that town. Also, the king sent his eldest son, Edward, with a very gallant army, into Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and the prince laid waste with fire and sword the estates and manors of Robert de Ferrare, earl of Derby, and Overthrew his castle of Tntbury, and inflicted miserable destruction in it. And in every direction, wherever the army of the king and prince Edward advanced, three companions, rapine, conflagration, and slaughter, attended on it. And owing to this, every province through which they marched was indignant, and was agitated like a bed of reeds which is shaken by the blowing of the zephyr. There was no peace in the kingdom, everything was destroyed by slaughter, conflagration, rapine, and depredation. Everywhere there were outcries, and mourning, and horror. At this time, John GhTard, a soldier of wonderful prowess and courage, with others, to whom was entrusted the guardianship of Kenilworth Castle, which the earl of Leicester had fortified and repaired with wonderful solidity, and had furnished in an admirable manner with all kinds of engines, which had never been seen or heard of among us before, took the castle of Warwick by treachery, and took prisoner the earl of that title, by name William Manduit, because he had lately become an object of suspicion to them by reason of his conversion to the king's party, with his wife and family, and put them all in prison at Kenilworth ; and the castle of Warwick they destroyed, that the king's party might not have it as a place of refuge. In the week of the Passion of our Lord, some Jews in London, having been detected in treasonable plots to be put in execution against the barons and citizens, were nearly all put to death, and a treasure of great amount was acquired from the whole body of Jews. After the festival of Easter, Simon de Montfort, and the other barons who still adhered to him, uniting themselves with a strong auxiliary body of Londoners, besieged the castle of Rochester, into which, John, earl of Warrenne, and the earl of Arundel, and Henry, son of the king of the Romans, and many other nobles, had been intro


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