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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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Α.Ό. 1269. PRINCE EDWARD LANDS AT ACRE. 461 towards Acre, and seeing the island of Sardinia at a distance he put in there; when he received certain intelligence of the death of Louis, king of France, and of the arrival of Charles, king of Sicily. So Edward, supposing that that aged prince, Charles, desired nothing but justice, because he ought not to have desired any thing else, hastened to Tunis, believing that there was wisdom in old men, and prudence also in time of necessity. But when he arrived in that country, he found the aforesaid king there with a numerous army. And Edward wishing to destroy the adversaries of the cross of Christ, desired to lead his followers against the city of Tunis, and to storm it. But king Charles hindered him, saying that the Saracens were prepared to give satisfaction, by paying the tribute which had been due to him for seventeen years, ever since the time of Frederic. At the beginning of this arrangement, or rather I should say, of this betrayal of the Christian people, Louis, king of France, died ; whose eldest son, Philip, immediately received the title of king. Accordingly, the barbarians sent to the king of Sicily thirtytwo camels heavily laden with gold and silver, by which they delivered themselves and their city from imminent danger. After this, Charles and Edward, and the whole of the Christian army, sailed towards Sicily. And when they came near the harbour of the city of Tripoli, they were met by a storm, and thrown into great confusion. But the king and the elders of the nobles escaping danger, arrived, though with great difficulty, in port, but the others perished in the sea, and all the money of the barbarians was lost ; the vessels of Edward, whose place was in the centre of the others, being saved as by a miracle, for the angel of the Lord did not advance to smite them, sparing them very deservedly, because he had not coveted the money of the barbarians, but had only desired to restore to the Christians, as far as it depended on him, the land which had been bedewed with the blood of Jesus Christ. And he carried into its accomplishment the object which he had originally conceived; for he recommended Henry, his cousin, the eldest son of the king of Germany, to Charles, king of Sicily, and to Philip, who was about to be crowned king of France. And bidding farewell to every one, he, with his followers, though few, landed at the city of Acre, which he learnt was to be surrendered to the Saracens within four days; therefore he punished those who had corrupted the


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