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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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taken, and seeing that he was not able to resist, came on foot to meet him, and implored mercy. Which the prince granted, on condition of his making satisfaction for the deeds he had done. So after this he satisfied the king by purging himself of the crime, and by money, and he made many promises to the injured party, though in process of time he did not give much. That illustrious knight, prince Edward, having received the cross from the legate, on behalf of both his father and himself, prepared himself to march to the Holy Land. And he pledged Guienne to Louis, king of France, and sent his younger son, by name Henry, to him into France as a hostage, but àie king of France sent him back with honours. Othobonus, the legate, held a great council at St. Paul's, in' London, all the prelates of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland being present at it. And after that, he departed from England. At the festival of the Translation of Saint Edward, at the instigation of king Henry, the bishops of the realm honourably transferred the saint to a new coffin, which the aforesaid long had ordered to be made of gold. And at the present translation of this saint, Benedict, one of the secular clergy of Winchester, and John, a layman, both of whom had come from Ireland, being possessed by devils, recovered their former health, in consequence of the merits of the king. Pope Clement the Fourth died, about the time of the feast of Saint Andrew. Prince Edward sets out on his Expedition towards the Holy Land. A.D . 1269. King Henry celebrated the feast of the Nativity at Westminster, passing his life in the fear of the Lord, and in innocence. His eldest son, Edward, a man mighty in arms, and in the flower of youth and beauty, wishing to pay to God the vow which he had vowed, in the month of May set out on his expedition to the Holy Land, and was both followed and preceded by many noble and powerful men. Louis, king of France, was also bound by a similar vow, and he had preceded Edward with a large army of his nation. He, wishing to be enriched by the spoils of the barbarians, steered his fleet towards the kingdom of Tunis ; and arriving there with a fair wind, he found an admirably fortified city, which is called Tunis by the inhabitants. To which city the Saracens of that country had all fled, being amazed by the sudden appearance of the numerous army of the Christians. And Edward sailed straight


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