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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 . 1290. ΤΒΓΒ «W S BABTftHXD FROM ENGLAND. 485 tan, who are also called the Moallians, entered the duchy of Poland, and carried off therefrom more than sixty thousand persons into captivity, only a very few Christiane, not above seven or eight, being slain ; and such was the consideration of the Tartars, that they brought their barren lands into cultivation. In the month of September, in the Holy Land, a strange and lamentable disaster befell the Christiane. For the soldan of Babylon, with a very numerous army, besieged the famous city of Tripoli ; and, alas ! alas ! he took it, and at last levelled it with the ground, not without a great shedding of Christian blood. Moreover, by way of contempt for, and insult to the name of Jesus Christ, he ordered the images of the saints' to be dragged at the tails of horses through the destroyed city. On the fourth of August, Edward, king of England, returned from foreign lands, in which he had passed three years, two months, and fifteen days. Afterwards, he travelled through England, and punished his justiciaries and ministers, who, being blinded by bribes, had perverted judgment, and in other respects erred in his absence, according to the amount of their transgressions. The nolle daughters of the king. Rich dowries to their husbands bring. A.D . 1290. In the month of May, Gilbert, earl of Gloucester, married Joanna of Acre, and on the ninth of July, John, son of the duke of Brabant, solemnly married Margaret, in the church of ihe abbey of Westminster ; both these illustrious virgins being daughters of the illustrious Edward, king of England. About the same time, that is to say, on the thirty-first of August, the fierce multitude of the Jews, who in past times had been living boldly in different cities and strong castles, were ordered to depart from England with their wives and children, and all then* moveable property, by the feast of All Saints, which was assigned them as a limit, which they were · not to dare to transgress on pain of being hanged ; and their number, as was believed, amounted to sixteen thousand five hundred and eleven. And a similar edict had been previously issued by the glorious king of England, in the country of Aquitaine, from which also all the Jews were similarly banished.


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