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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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turned home, he is reported to have said to hie wife, " Yesterday I was called earl, and you countess, but to-day I am called king, and you queen." But she replied, " I consider that you are a summer king, and perhaps you will not be a winter one ; and I fear that, like the flower of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, you, too, may fade away, and for your perjury and violation of faith, may, for the sake of the name of king, lose both earldom and kingdom." So he, thinking that he was laughed at by a woman, wished to have slain her with the sword, but was prevented by the bystanders. Nevertheless, he sent her into banishment, and had her conveyed over to Ireland to her father, the earl of Alton, by whom she wae sent to the king of England, and treated by him with great respect. About the same time, the king of England accused Robert, archbishop of Canterbury, before the pope, of disturbing the peace of his kingdom, and defending and cherishing those who rebelled against him ; on which account he was summoned by the supreme pontiff, and having received leave of the king, he bade him farewell, and crossed the sea to Bourdeaux, where he was suspended from the execution of his office, till he should legitimately clear himself of what was alleged against him. In Easter week, the king caused the apostolic bull, concerning his absolution from the oath which had been taken in the matter of the disforesting, which had been already executed, and which was to be maintained, to be published, in which all those who wished to observe that oath were excommunicated, and those who broke it were approved and absolved. The same year, on the sixth day of May, the lady Margaret, queen of England, brought forth a daughter, named Eleanor. At that time, too, pope Clement granted to the king of England, for two years, the tenth of all the ecclesiastical revenues for the service of the Holy Land. But the money was applied to other uses. And the pope, seeing the insatiable avarice of some of the prelates of England, who importunately demanded that the first churches that were vacant in their dioceses should be granted to them for one year, and considering what the inferior demands the superior also has a right to, appropriated to himself for two years all the revenues of the churches in England when first vacant, that is to say, for the first year all the first fruits of bishoprics, abbacies, priories, prebends, rectories and vicarages, and also of the smaller benefices.

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