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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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516 MATTHEW 0* WBSTMHtBTXB. A.D. 1295. On the day of Saint Gregory the pope, the cardinal prelate of Albany, having returned with some of the messengers of Cambray, was speedily brought to Dover by a fair wind ; and on Palm Sunday, while the cardinal was being entertained at the New Temple, in London, a quarrel arose between his retainers and those of the Templars, in which the nephew of the cardinal was slain, having voluntarily thrust himself into it. But he, deferring his anger for a time, proceeded rapidly on towards Scotland, to give the king of England a report of the council of Cambray, as to what it had been, and how it had been conducted. This year, there died John Ramayne, archbishop of York ; Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, the most powerful man in the kingdom, next to the king, both in eloquence and action, and who was now cut off by a premature death, and deservedly buried near his ancestors. Also Roger, bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, being now very old, paid the debt of nature, and was withdrawn from the troubles of this world. He was succeeded by Walter de Langton, a friend of the king's, who, while in foreign parts, had been assigned by the king as secretary to the cardinal, by whom he was consecrated, saving the privileges of the church of Canterbury in all things. The same year, white surplices were ordained. The same year, John, king of Scotland, forgetful of his homage and vow of fealty, sent as ambassadors to the king of France William, bishop of Saint Andrew's, and William, bishop of Dunkeld, and John de Suie, and Ingelram de Umfraville, knights, king Edward being at that time in Flanders, and secretly made an alliance against the king of England ; asking, as a confirmation of the business, that a marriage might be contracted between his son Edward and the noble maiden Joanna, daughter of Charles, the brother of the king of France, undertaking that he would be willing to attack the king of England with all his power, and to prevent him from waging war against the king of France, as is more fully contained in the documents drawn up between the two kings, by whom, as they both thus agreed to this treason, the long of England (being ignorant of it) was greatly deceived ; and when he had earnestly asked for aid in his war, and had received a doubtful answer, then suspecting the state of the case, he demanded that their castles should be put in his hands as security till the end of the war, namely, those of Berwick, Edinburgh, and Roxburgh, promising to restore them after the war, if he found


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