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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.TJ. 1265. . THE CASTLE 0 Γ DOTEE STTEBETOBBED. 441 without a doubt your sins of presumption have deserved this fate, those.sins with which you were so fascinated, and lay so that you neither desired any medicine or the assistance of any physician : indeed, I may more truly say, that you refused it. On which account much innocent blood which has been shed oyer the earth, cries this day unto the Lord, who has given you such numbers of valuable things. Surely it is the unbridled covetousness of your nation, jealous of religion and peace, despising the domination of a superior, and the heavy yoke of a king, but which has in such a degree sown the tares of discord to your own injury, causing mischief to you by its choice of powers, so that all the bonds of relationship, affinity, and oaths being trampled under foot, son has risen against father, brother against brother, servant against master, and sheep with unheard-of courage against their shepherds ; and last of all, men have terrified and cruelly slain one another in the slaughter of pitched battles. And so, wishing to avoid Charybdis, alas ! you have fallen into the whirlpool of Scyila." But what is alluded to in some of these circumlocutory phrases, is seen clearer than daylight in the provisions of Oxford before mentioned. CH. XX.—FROM A.D. 1265 το A.D. 1272. Henry prosecutes his successes—Bravery and generosity of prince Edward—The king besieges Kenilworth—Charles of Anjou defeats Manfred, and is crowned king of Sicily— Some of the earl of Leicester's party still resist Henry —Disputes between some of the nobles—Prince Edward goes to the Holy Land—King Henry is taken ill—Edward is wounded by one of the assassins—Richard, king of Germany, dies—King Henry dies—King Edward is present at the tournament at Chalons—Does homage to Philip of France for his French domains. The castle of Dover is surrendered to the king. In the before-mentioned year of grace, king Henry celebrated the feast of the Nativity at Westminster, where the great parliament of the nobles was assembled, in which it was very wisely and beneficially ordained that in each county there should be one captain appointed' at the king's expense, who, with the aid of the viscount, should repel the savage rage of the banditti. And in consequence, many of them being alarmed,


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