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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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. A.D. 1303. pride of the French was so humbled, that it was considered a great thing for the French to be able to obtain peace from the Flemings for a certain fixed period ; so that the French might say, " Let us flee from the Flemings, for the Lord fighteth for them." In these days, Master Richard de Gravesend, bishop of London, died, and by the unanimous consent of the chapter, the dean of that church, faster Radulph de Baldok, was elected bishop in his stead. However, three canons of that church, who had been deprived of their prebends and suspended a little before, at the visitation of the archbishop of Canterbury, hindered the election, appealing to the Apostolic See against the bishop elect, because on the day of election they had been prevented from entering the chapter. In this year, king Edward wintered in Scotland, among the bears and tigers, and other haunts of wild beasts, not fearing the dragons, because he was like a lion, who frightens all the beasts of the forests ; and though he was like David, when surrounded by the Ziphœans, he was most miraculously neither injured nor betrayed by them. Accordingly, at the end of this year, because the lion Edward, the king of beasts, had determined that he would not depart from that country till he had either utterly subdued all the Scots, or been himself subdued by them, the nobles of the kingdom of Scotland, both earls and barons, their error of rebellion having met with stern defeat, and been forcibly reduced to nothing by severe measures, perceiving that fire rather than peace was surrounding them on all sides, submitted themselves and their followers to the will of the king of England. And he admitted them to his favour, treating first one and then the other with great mercy ; and placing them under tribute, he mulcted them in a pecuniary fine, and according to the quality and quantity of each individual's offence, he allowed him a certain term of days or years to pay it. About the same time, and that same year that these events took place in Scotland, on the eve of the Nativity of the blessed Mary, pope Boniface, at the persuasion, as it was believed, of Philip, king of France, as there had been a terrible ground of quarrel between the king and pope for a long time, was most atrociously and irreverently seized in his palace in the city of Anagni, by some of his enemies, and especially by a certain man named Sarra of Campania, and was stripped of

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