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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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of that authority by which you are firmly bound to the see of Canterbury, enjoin and command you to sequester, in compliance with tins our authority, and without delay, all the churches in your diocese which are not exempt, and which are attached to monasteries claiming exemptions, whose names are appended to this present letter under our seal, to whatever order they may belong ; and to cause them to be kept in very strict sequestration till you receive further and different orders touching this matter. And as to those who are not exempt, and whose names are contained in the schedule annexed to this present letter, and whom, on account of their contumacy, we suspend from entrance into the church, in accordance with the demands of justice, we enjoin you to cause public notice to be given of this their From this sentence an especial appeal was made by the lords abbots of Westminster, of Saint Edmund's, of Saint Alban's, and of Waltham. Others also,who were exempt, appealed, though they only followed up their appeal in a lukewarm manner, because the archbishop refrained, as to some of them, from compelling the execution of his sentence. From the time of the Nativity of the Lord, almost up to the feast of the Purification, there was such an abundance of frost, cold, and snow, as the oldest and most decrepit people at that time alive in England, had never felt before. For five arches of London bridge, and many other bridges also, were broken down by the violence of the ice, which was so thick, that several persons passed with dry feet across the Thames, from Lambeth to the king's palace in Westminster ; and the fishes died in the ponds, and the birds in the woods and fields perished of hunger. Of the war in Wales, and the beheading of prince Llewellyn, and of the arrival of menfrom the Basque provinces in England. A.D . 1282, which is the tenth year of the reign of Edward, at the dead hour of night, on Palm Sunday, Llewellyn, prince of Wales, and David, his brother, surrounded the castles of Rutland and Flint with a large army, and destroyed such other castles of the king as they could effect an entrance into, and having wounded, taken prisoner, and loaded with chains that noble and illustrious knight the lord Roger de Clifford, after having first slain all his friends, they sent him across, suddenly and unexpectedly, to the mountain of Snowdon, slaying all they


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