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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.
page 527



On the thirteenth of June, in this year, the lord William de Valence, earl of Pembroke, who was the son of Hugh le Brun, count de la Marche, by his wife, Isabella, formerly queen of England, and relict of king John, died, and was buried at Westminster. On the first of June, the lord Berald the cardinal, returning from Scotland, haying made satisfaction to the exchequer of the lord the king at Westminster, out of the revenues of the Templars, on the occasion of the death of his nephew, crossed the sea a second time to the king of France, in company with the treasurer of the lord the king o f England. At this time the earl of Leicester, the lord Edmund, brother of the king of England, paid the general debt of nature, and departed this life in Guienne, as did Robert de Vere, earl of Oxford, in England. This year also, the count of Artois having been forced to raise the siege of Bourg, on the coast, by the earl of Lincoln, another lord, the famous count of Eu, marched with the provost of Toulouse against the town of Bellegarde, with the object of subduing the English garrison which had thrown itself in there. But the English who were thus blockaded, in union with the townspeople, feigned flight, and having arranged an ambush, left the gates of the city open. And the count, when he saw no one resisting him, in the boldness of his mind entered the city with a few followers, leaving the rest of hie army outside the gates. Then, when the English rose up from their ambush, one of them bearing a lance, immediately encountered the count, and ran him through the body. And in like manner, all those who had entered with him perished by the sword. Moreover, the citizens had erected beams on the battlements of the wall, on which they had placed baskets full of large stones, to overwhelm the French. But the provost of Toulouse, in the elation of his heart, leaping over the ditch on his war horse, with his sword cut the ropes which held the beams, and then, the cords being thus suddenly broken, the whole mass fell on his head, and so he was crushed to pieces. And when the others saw this, they immediately took tonight. In like manner, the count of Holland, having broken the bridle of his loyalty with which he was previously bound to the king of England, was slain by his own servants, while obeying the directions of the king of France. And his son and heir, John, was married to Elizabeth, the daughter of the king of England.


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