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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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About the same time, king Edward, who was now verging on old age, when some of the servants of his household complained to him, who had not yet been promoted according to their wish, having had enquiry made as to what monastic or canonical convents had been founded by his progenitors, from that day forth he allotted to each of them, not the simple supplies for the necessary maintenance of the monasteries, but sufficient for them to live as long as they lived like the riders in the king's court, with one horse or two. He also ordered the proper maintenance, and all other things necessary to be supplied to them. In these days, the king of England sent Aymer de Valence, earl of Pembroke, Robert Clifford, and Henry Percy, into Scotland, with a powerful and well appointed force, to resist the threatened revolutions, and to defeat the man who had been so wickedly crowned with his band of traitors, and to protect hie faithful subjects. Accordingly, to augment the expedition which was to march against Scotland, the king caused public proclamation to be made throughout England, that all who were entitled to be made knights in respect of their paternal succession, and all who had sufficient property to be liable to serve, should present themselves at Westminster on the feast of Pentecost, when each of them should receive all their military equipments, except their horse and his furniture, from the king's wardrobe. Therefore, when three hundred youths, the sons of earls, barons, and knights had assembled there, there was distributed among them purple and fine linen, and fine cloth, and mantles embroidered with gold in great abundance, so as to be enough for all of them. And because the king's palace, although larger, was nevertheless too scanty for so vast a crowd as was there assembled, they erected their standards and tents in the gardens of the New Temple in London, cutting down the apple trees, and throwing down the walls, that the novices might have a place wherein to dress themselves in their gold embroidered robes. And that night the aforesaid novices, in as great numbers as that place could contain, kept their vigils in the Temple. But the prince of Wales, by his father's order, with the novices of superior rank, kept his vigil in the church at Westminster. And there was heard so great a clang of trumpets and flute players, and such shoutings on the part of those who lifted up their voices for joy, that the praises and thanksgiving of the convent, as re


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