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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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of Brittany, as far as Bourdeaux. But when they came towards the coast near the town of Saint Mathieu, then the inhabitants of the town, seeing so great a multitude, took np all the property which belonged to them, and fled. And when messengers had been sent to them to desire them to submit themselves to the king of England, they deceitfully asked for time to deliberate till six o'clock. And having obtained this respite, in the meantime they completed the removal of all their portable property. So, when the English saw this, they, as soon as they reached the land, entered the town, and carried off the little which they found remaining there, and burst all the casks and spilt the wine, and burnt one vessel of great size. After this, many of them entered the abbey of Saint Mathieu, and carried off all the vessels of the church, and the image of the head of the aforesaid saint, to the lord Edmund, the general of their army. All which things the lord Edmund sequestrated, and caused to be restored to the persons connected with the church. But the Welch, pursuing the flying people, caught some and slew them, and burnt the houses of many of them with firebrands, triumphing in their spoils. After which, they sailed away to the harbour which is called Brest. From thence they passed over to Saint Gillemis de Boys, where they burnt thirty galleys, and other vessels fit for sea, and remained there some time till they could not procure any water, and yet they could not quit the port, as the wind had changed its direction. So they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he heard them in the multitude of his mercies, opening their hearts, as though he would teach them that they should each dig for treasure in different places. And a miracle, as it were, took place that day, for digging into the ground, which was in some parts sown and ploughed, and in others uncultivated and sandy, they found a quantity of corn hidden in chests and coffers, for which they returned thanks to God, and then conveyed it to their ships. At the same instant the wind became fair, and so they arrived at the city of Blayes, where the lord Edmund landed with his army. And from thence returning as far as the town of Castillon, they brought their horses out of the ships, and then they proceeded further inwards towards the town of Sparre, where the inhabitants of the town, being worn out by a long siege, surrendered the castle to the English. In the meantime, the English troops belonging to the fleet, on the Easter eve as


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