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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.
page 476



A.D. 1275. POPS GBBGOBT THE TEKTH DIES. 469 dom to assemble in a parliament at Westminster ; in which parliament many statutes for the benefit of the kingdom were published, and among them one which bridled the usurious extortions of the Jews. And in order that they might be distinguished from Christians, the king commanded that they should wear on their outer garments a sign like a tablet, of the length of a palm. Gaston de Bierne, a noble and powerful man of Guienne, and a kinsman of the king of England, but his deadly enemy, was eent by the king of France to the king of England ; and was detained in prison a long time, and afterwards sent back to his own country, after having been duly cautioned. About the feast of the Nativity of the blessed Mary, king Edward stayed some time in the district of Cheshire, and then he ordered Llewellyn, prince of Wales, who would not appear in person before him, to be formally summoned to attend at his parliament at Westminster ; whither, however, he would not come, saying he remembered the death of his father Griffith, who fell from the Tower of London, find broke his neck, and died. This year John Bretoun, bishop of Hereford, died, who being very learned in the English laws, wrote a book concerning them, which is called le Bretoun. He was succeeded by Thomas Cantelupe. On the eleventh of September, a general earthquake took place between one and three o'clock, by the violence of which the church of Saint Michael, which is called the Church-on-the-Hill, outside of Glastonbury, was levelled to the ground. And many pieces fell from the famous churches which are scattered throughout England, in consequence of the violence of this earthquake. On the twenty-third of December, pope Gregory the Tenth died at Arezzo, a city of Tuscany : after whose decease Pietro de Tarentesia, one of the order of the Preaching Brothers, cardinal elect of Lyons, and afterwards cardinal of Ostia, was elected supreme pontiff, and took the name of Innocent the Fifth. Almeric, son of Simon de Montfort, formerly earl of Leicester, and his sister Eleanor, a most accomplished young maiden, who was engaged to be given in marriage to Llewellyn, prince of Wales, were taken prisoners at sea, near Bristol, and were conducted to the king, who had said that this had happened by the providence of God, who would not allow his kinswoman to be married to his enemy.


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