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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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«A.D. 1286. PHILIP CROWNED KINO OT FRANCK. 481 the Noble, prince of Salerno (whose rather, Charles, a prince o f great honour and reputation, died this year), had been taken prisoner by Peter of Arragon. This year, too, pope Martin the Fourth died, on the twenty ninth of March, and, after three days, he was succeeded by Honorius the Fourth, who had lost nearly all use of his hands and feet by a disease in his joints, on which account he used to celebrate the solemn service of the mass sitting in a chair skilfully made for this purpose. On the thirtieth of April, after the subjugation of Wales, king Edward, coming to Westminster, preceded by the archbishop of Canterbury and his suffragan bishops, all in their state vestments, and attended by a large company of nobles and members of religious bodies, and a great troop of the people of the country, conveyed a considerable portion of the cross of the Lord, adorned with gold and silver, and precious stones, which he had brought with him from Wales, to Westminster, with a solemn procession, and rejoicings, and music. About the same time, the king, having convoked the prmcipal nobles of his land to meet him at Westminster, promulgated some statutes, which are called the Second Statutes of Westminster ; by some of which he curtailed the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical judges. And because he had previously enacted a law that the members of the religious orders should not add to their territorial possessions, he now chose to ordain that they should not diminish what they had. Afterwards, at Winchester, about the time of the festival of the Nativity of the blessed Mary, he caused some statutes to be published, for the purpose of checking the truculent fury of robbers and banditti. Philip, king of France, having been mortally wounded in Arragon, died in that country. Also, Peter of Arragon, being wounded in battle in the earns manner, soon afterwards departed this life. The passage of king Edward into France, and the taking of the veil, as a nun, by Eleanor, his mother. A.D . 1286, which is the thirteenth year of the reign of king Edward, Philip, the eon of Philip, king of France, who had lately ended hie days in Arragon, was crowned king of France. This Philip sent solemn ambassadors to the king of England, for the especial purpose of terminating the quarrel which had νητ, TT- τ τ


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