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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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bis father was about while he was building a ehurch, said in elegant metre— " Mty yon be praised, my rire, And get sterling coin at last, No crokar, but gold tried in fire— Then hold your wages fast." About this time, too, the Scota a second time prepared for battle, against whom the lord John de St. John was sent, accompanied by a strong army of knights. This year, also, Philip, king of the French, invaded Flanders, with a powerful army, and began to subdue the Flemings, occupying their towns and cities, and vigorously pursuing the earl himself and his sons ; but the earl, being now aged and infirm, fled with his sons to the city of Ghent, hoping that it was impregnable. In the meantime, that nation being a real nation of Pharisees, inasmuch as it was divided against itself, and so, according to the saying of the Lord, deserving of desolation, for sometimes it was submitting to the king of England, sometimes it adhered to its natural count, now at last, despising and abandoning its natural lord, miserably surrendered itself to the king of France, its deadly enemy. Therefore, as the dread of the king of France increased, the count and his sons falling into despair, in their distress miserably surrendered themselves to Charles, the brother of the king of France, on condition of his promising them on his oath that they should not be put in prison nor be stripped of their inheritance. But the king of France violated this agreement, and threw them at once into prison, and having thrown down the ramparts of those cities which he knew to have rebelled against him, he compelled them, as if he were their natural lord, to surrender new laws. In these days, the lord the pope, forgetting the faith and prayers of the blessed Peter, and taking what was not bis to take, namely, both gold and silver from the widows and orphans, now also determined to exact money, not only from widows and orphans, but also from warlike knights, contrary to the scheme of some of the cardinals, degrading them, and determining to wage war against the king of Sicily. But the army of the aforesaid king manfully slew many thousands of the helmeted battalions of the lord the pope. The same year, the king of Tarshish, and the king of Armenia, and the king of the Georgians, having levied an amazing army, amounting to a million of men, and forty


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