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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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A.D. 1307. DEATH OE KING EDWARD. heads of two Irish chieftains, Reginald de Craunford, and Thomas Bruce, knights ; and he presented Alexander Bruce, a pretended king of the Germans, wounded and half dead, to the king ; of whom Thomas was drawn at the tail of-a horse, and hanged and beheaded, and the others were simply brought back to Carlisle, and hanged and beheaded. And a testimony of this is, their heads which are fixed up above the castle, and over the gates of the city. After Easter, Robert Bruce, having reinforced his army, fought with Aymer de Valence, and put him to flight, only a few of those who were with him being slain. And within three days, pursuing him, he routed the earl of Gloucester, many men being slain on both sides, and besieged him in the castle of Ayr, till the siege was raised by an army which was sent thither by the king. After that, he fled from the English, who pursued him, and took refuge in the marshy and thickly wooded placée, where, after he found a hiding place, they could not discover him. The king having sent messengers into England, ordered, under heavy penalties, that all those who owed him service, should be ready at Carlisle within three weeks after the feast of Saint John the Baptist ; and he sent his son back into England to proceed to contract hie marriage with the daughter of the king of France, according to what he should hear from that sovereign. But after his departure, the king began to be afflicted with a dysentery. Nevertheless, he moved from Carlisle, on the third of July, marching a few days' journey towards Scotland ; but on the sixth of July, he arrived at Burgh on the Sands, where, his illness increasing, the day after, being the sixth day of the week, he bade farewell to this present life, ending his days in piety, and his years in glory. He reigned thirty-four years, seven months, and twenty-one days, and had completed sixtyeight years and twenty days of his age. This Edward was a man of great vigour as a warrior throughout his whole life in every situation ; so much so, that he wrested all England out of the hand of Simon de Montfort, and the earls and barons who adhered to the said Simon ; who had also detained his father king Henry, and himself in prison, as is related above in these Chronicles. He also wrested all Wales from the hands of prince Llewellyn, and David, his brother ; and Aquitaine from the hands of the king of France. He often subjugated Scotland, as the previous history of his


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