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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. 1294. BYONS IS BESIEGED AND TAKEN. After this, Morgan, who was also a Welchman, and who lifted up hie heel against the earl of Gloucester, and another chief of the name of Madoc, their titular prince, having ascertained that the right wing of the king's army was the strongest, and that that wing was directing all its might, and the whole weight of the war against their forces, forsaking their hiding-places, and being struck with terror, began to think of going to the king and imploring peace. And first of all, Morgan submitted himself to the authority and pleasure of the king, and received mercy rather than justice. And Madoc, when he saw this, being moved to repentance, in like manner implored the clemency of the king, and obtained peace as far as to be delivered from all personal punishment, though he was committed to prison in àie Tower of London. Therefore, the king withdrew from those parts, having subdued the necks of the rebels, and punished the most criminal of them with deserved punishment, such as that to which he had condemned Roger de Pyvelesdon ; and he fortified the Isle of Anglesey with additional castles. And the land had rest for a short time. While these events were happening, a band of nobles and gallant knights, belonging to the kingdom of England, sailing towards Guienne, with great difficulty arrived at a certain island named Oleron. From thence they proceeded onwards and landed in Guienne, with the favour of the inhabitants of the towns who still adhered, with all their hearts, to their own lord, the king of England ; and by whom he was admitted into the fortified cities, in spite of the garrisons of the French. At this, Charles, the brothef of the king of France, was exceedingly angry, and having collected a very numerous force of well-armed men, he suddenly laid siege to the town of Ryons, in which a portion of the English people had built themselves an asylum, and bravely took the town, and made the garrison prisoners, not without great loss on his own side, there being taken, alas, for shame ! about thirteen English knights, who were sent to Paris, and there committed to Uberai custody. But He, who does not suffer His children to be afflicted beyond what they can bear, showed the English a means by which they might derive comfort. For in those days, the soldiers, who came from the coasts of England, while they were endeavouring to keep their enemies at a distance, fell in with twenty-six ships belonging to the Spaniards, loaded with


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