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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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the king of Bohemia, his deadly enemy, and many thousand o f his troops in a pitched battle, and reduced the aforesaid kingdom under his authority. Llewellyn, prince of Wales, married Eleanor, the daughter of Simon de Montfort, formerly earl of Leicester, and of the sister of king Henry the Third of pious memory. In the month of November, all the Jews throughout England were arrested in one day, and put in prison in London, on a charge of clipping the king's coin ; and many Christians were accused by the Jews of having been accomplices in their wickedness, and especially some of the more noble of the citizens of London. Of the Jews, of both sexes, there were hanged in London, on the occasion above mentioned, two hundred and eighty, and a very great multitude in other cities of England. For the ransom of the Christians the king received a very large sum of money. Nevertheless, some of. the Christians also were given up to be hanged. Concerning the county of Pontigny being given up to the king of England, and concerning the alteration of the coinage. A.D . 1279, which is the seventh year of the reign of king Edward, about the time of the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, king Edward crossed the sea, with his queen. For her mother, the countess of Pontigny, formerly queen of Spain, had lately departed this life. Therefore, the king of England came to Amiens, where he was honourably received by Philip, king of France, his kinsman, who was waiting for him in that city, with the chief nobles of his kingdom. And he there gave up to the king of England the cities of Sens, Limoges, Perigueux, and the counties of Guienne and Pontigny, which belonged to the queen of England by hereditary right, and also other territories too, to be possessed by the said king and queen of England for ever, receiving due homage for them from them. And in this way all disputes between the kings of France and England were unexpectedly terminated. But we must remark, that in exchange for the aforesaid territories, the king of England wholly made over ι the peaceable possession of Normandy to the king of France for ever, on condition also of receiving for ever from the exchequer of Rouen thirty Parisian livres. The same year, a quarrel broke out between the archbishops of Canterbury and York, because the archbishop of York had


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