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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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where his army increased from day to day. The invaders of London, now being alarmed, sent messengers to the king, to beg for peace, which, however, they could not obtain on the conditions which they offered. So then they declared war against the king, assigning the plain of Hounslow as the place of battle ; to which the king marched the next day, but found no one to oppose him. Therefore, supposing that his enemies could not resist him, he marched with speed to Stratford, near London, and stayed there some time. The malefactors of the city, being turned to rage, and wishing, as it were, to avenge themselves on the king, carried off the treasures which had been deposited in the church of Westminster, but, by the providence of God, they spared the monks and the property of the monastery. After that, they invaded the parish church and the town of Westminster, and seized the fruit of the labours of the people ; and entering the king's palaces, they broke the windows and the doors, and scarcely withheld their hands from the burning of the whole palace. While the king was staying at Stratford, there came to him from foreign parts the Counts of Boulogne and of Saint Pol, bringing with them two hundred knights with their usual followers. And the people of Guienne anchored near the Tower of London, with many large ships, well provided with all naval experiments, and awaited the king's command. Therefore the adversaries of the king, seeing themselves hemmed in, and being ina great strait, begged for peace from the king, and obtained it, agreeing to abide in ail points by the edict of Kenilworth. Edward was sent as commander against the obstinate plunderers in the Isle of Ely, and being moved by pity, he granted them peace, though they were his enemies, on condition of obeying the edict of Kenilworth. The foreign allies, having been thanked and rewarded by the king, returned to their own homes, and the land of England, which had long been trembling, at length found rest. The same year, king Henry coming to Montgomery in Wales with the legate, at the request of the aforesaid legate, granted the district which the Welch call the Four Barriers, to Llewellyn, prince of Wales, receiving for it thirty-two thousand marks ; and so the king of England and Llewellyn, prince of Wales, became friends. For before they were deadly enemies to one another. Conrad, the nephew of the emperor Frederic, came from Germany into Apulia, with Henry, the brother of the kins; of


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