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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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On the twenty-seventh of November, died the lady Eleanor, queen of England, and wife of king Edward, daughter of Ferrand, formerly the most mighty king of Spain ; and she was buried with all honour at Westminster, near the tomb of Saint Edward, king and confessor, on the seventeenth of December. And her anniversary is celebrated on the twenty-ninth of November. In the season of Lent, this year, Alexander, king of Scotland, going on an exceedingly dark night to visit his wife, the daughter of the earl of Flanders, whom he had married after Margaret, the daughter of the king of England, fell from his horse, who stumbled, and was severely bruised, and so died. By his second wife he left no issue, but by his first he had two children, namely, a son called Alexander, and a daughter named Margaret. Alexander died without issue before his father ; but his daughter, Margaret, being married to the king of Norway, had an only daughter, also named Margaret, who, after her mother died, only survived her a very short time. This Margaret, the nobles of Scotland, after consulting with the king of England, acknowledged as their mistress, and as the heiress of the kingdom. And she was accordingly invited over by the ambassadors of the king of England, but while she was on board ship on her way to Scotland, she was seized with illness at sea, and died at the Orkney Isles. The Scot is subdued, But there lingers a feud. A.i) . 1291. The magnificent king Edward obtained the dominion of the kingdom of Scotland. On the day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the lady Eleanor, a noble and religious lady, queen dowager of England, and mother of king Edward, who nad passed an exemplary life on the part of religion for four years, eleven months, and six days, at Amesbury, where she was a nun, ended her days in that town ; and her body was buried there with all due honour, but her heart was buried with the greatest solemnity in London, in the church belonging to the Minor Brothers. About the same time, a most terrible disaster intoxicated each and every one who was zealous for the Christian name. For MUcadar, the soldan of Babylon, having collected a numerous army of Saracens, besieged, took, and utterly destroyed


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