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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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garrison of that city, and also some of the Venetians who supplied the Saracens with arms and provisions. And so the soldan of Babylon, being disappointed of his hopes, fiercely attacked the city of Acre, which, however, he could not make himself master of. So passing on from thence, he took De Crace and Margat, two very strong castles on the sea-coast, belonging to the Hospitallers. Charles, king of Sicily, sent a safe conduct to Philip, his nephew, the future king of France, as far as the city of Viterbo, and another to Henry, the eldest son of the king of Germany, who had been recommended to and received by the aforesaid princes. But while he was present at the solemnity of the mass in the church of Saint Silvester in the above-named city of Viterbo, Simon and Guy, the two sons of Simon de Montfort, formerly earl of Leicester, murdered him. And the citizens of Viterbo, in memory of the murdered man, had a picture wall ; and a certain poet beholding the painting, spoke thus : " Henry, the illustrious offspring of great Richard, Fair Allmaine's king, was treacherously slain, As well this picture shows, while home returning From Tripoli, by royal favour guided ; Slain in the service of the cross of Christ By wicked hands. For scarcely mass was done, When Leicester's offspring, Guy and Simon fierce, Pierced his young heart with unrelenting swords. Thus God did will ; lest if those barons fierce Returned, fair England should be quite undone. This happened in the sad twelve hundredth year And seventieth of grace, while Charles was king, And in Viterbo was this brave prince slain. I pray the Queen of Heaven to take his soul again." His bones are buried in the monastery of Hayles, in England, which his father had built from the foundations ; but his heart is honourably placed in a gilt cup, near the coffin of Saint Edward, in the church of Westminster. One of his murderers, Simon, son of Simon de Montfort, died this year in a certain castle near the city of Sienna ; who during the latter part of his life being, like Cain, accursed of the Lord, was a vagabond and fugitive on the face of the earth. Of the convalescence of King Henry after an illness. A.D . 1270. King Henry celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Lord at Winchester ; but in the ensuing Lent he was


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