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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. 1233. ΚΓΚβ £DWABD CITED TO PAJtlS. Sow the king of England woe cited hy the king of France to Paris. The same year, about the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Philip, king of France, directed letters of citation to the king of England, summoning him to appear in person at Paris, at his parliament, to make answer to certain questions and legitimate objections which the said king and his peers proposed to bring forward against him, in these words : " Philip, by the grace of God, king of France, to Edward, by the same grace of God, king of England, his kinsman, in possession of the duchy of Aquitaine, sendeth greeting. As it is notorious and evident, by the plainness of the fact, so that it cannot possibly be concealed by any evasion, that the men of Bayonne, having taken to themselves many other persons, who having taken ships and arms from your kingdom of England, and having also taken armed men in great numbers, whom they have collected there openly and publicly, not without your knowledge of the fact, or at least without there being any possibility of your being ignorant of it, have gone forth, and with wicked minds have shamefully attacked our subjects of Normandy, and of some other parts of our kingdom, both by land and sea, in places subject to our jurisdiction, inhumanly slaying great numbers of them, and making a horrible slaughter of them, and taking many of them prisoners, and detaining them when taken, and by a long premeditated wickedness plundering them of their ships and merchandise of almost inestimable value ; having also broken many of their ships aforesaid and sunk them, in disdain and contempt of our prohibitions and commands, issued and promulgated solemnly and publicly, and openly published at Bourdeaux and Bayonne, and in many other places, especially enjoining that no one should presume to violate or otherwise in any way offend against the aforesaid sailors, or especially to injure any persons who were conveying their merchandise by either sea or land. And now, after transporting the ships that escaped destruction, and all the merchandise of your kingdom of England, which you have received within your jurisdiction, and which you still harbour knowingly, having been sufficiently required by our ambassadors to make restitution of those things which are still in existence and visible, you have not cared to do so, but have rather disdained to do so, although an offer has been made to you on our part, that if anything ΓΛΤ. ΤΤ — V XT .


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