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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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o f lodging, they, being in the middle of the road, since the whole country was laid waste, could neither find their way nor procure guides across it. I, because of the necessity under which I was placed to show my obedience on the one side, even through such great dangers, in parts so remote from my diocese and province, which, on the other hand, were not much interested in the affair ; and especially as I could not find any one, among either the religious orders or the secular clergy, who would dare to carry verbal news of my arrival to the Scots, or my letters either, because of the danger in which his life would have been, or to ask a safe conduct for me from them ; seeking out another remedy as well as I could, I sent two of my household to the lord the king before mentioned, with my letters, sending them in a vessel across some dangerous channels of the sea ; informing him by letter of my arrival and its object, and requesting that, out of his reverence for the Apostolic See, of which I was the ambassador, he would tell them how, when, and where I could come to him with safety, as far as the dangers of the roads were concerned, which also I mentioned to him in the same letter. And his reply was conveyed to,me in royal letters by the same ambassadors, who escaped no inconsiderable danger, both by sea and land, in going and returning. And in these letters it was told me, that the lord the king knew of no perfect safety for me by which I might avoid the aforesaid dangers, unless ΐ came with the lady queen, his wife, for whom he had sent, to the district of Gerewitas, to a place where he proposed to meet that princess ; since he had no vessel in which I could be conveyed by sea with my horses and necessary retinue of servants and friends ; and so, while my messengers were passing over amid so much danger to the king, the winds being constantly violent and contrary, I was staying on the borders of Scotland,, seeking from place to place for a sufficiency rather than for an abundance of food, waiting not so much distressfully as anxiously nearly six weeks for an opportunity of a more secure progress towards the king. Afterwards, when, in consequence of my careful enquiries, I heard that the aforesaid lord the king, in returning with his army towards the castle of Caerlandrok, which he had previously taken, had pitched his camp in Scotland, near the New Abbey of Duzquer, in Galway, I, preferring to expose myself, and my friends, and my property to danger, rather than thus to lan Ί7ΛΤ. TT — Iff Iff,


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