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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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own camp. It is said that in that battle there fell on the side of the enemy three thousand powerful men.* It was fought on the last day of June, with great inequality of force, for the Turks had one hundred and fifty thousand men, but the Christian army amounted to fifty thousand only. How the pilgrims continued their march from Nice to Antioch through the countries which they had subdued. After three days' rest, which was necessary both for themselves and their horses, the trumpet sounded, and the army having passed through all Bithynia, entered Pisidia, and descended into an arid plain, where they could get no water. Here they encamped, and the people suffered so much that more than five hundred of them died. At length, when they had extricated themselves from this calamity, they entered a fertile country near the lesser Antioch, which is the capital of Pisidia. They now again divided their forces and dispersed themselves through the provinces to reconnoitre and bring back all the information they could procure to their princes. These, after leaving the camp, had passed Heraclea, a city of Lycaonia, and gone to Iconium the capital of the same district, but they found it entirely destitute of inhabitants ; for the Turks when they heard that the Christians Avere coming, left their cities and castles, not daring to defend them by arms : from thence they passed on to Marasia and so entered Cjlicia. Now Cilicia is bounded on the east by Coelo-Syria, on the west by Isauria, on the north by the Taurus, and on the south by the sea of Cyprus : it has two capital cities, Anavarza and Tharsus, the birthplace of Paul the teacher of the gentiles. This city was made subject to Baldwin brother to duke Godfrey. Robert duke of Normandy took a city called Azen, and gave it to Simeon one of his knights. Duke Boamund and earl Raimond took another city, which they bestowed on Peter de Alpibus : thence they advanced to the city of Oxa, which they took, and Peter de Rossillon took Rufa and several • Does the word powerful in this passage mean that three thousand chiefs or nobles were slain? It would seem so, if we may credit the alleged numbers of the armies engaged and the letter sent to Europe by the princes, stating that thirty thousand Turks perished in this battle.—See Marlene'» Vett. Scriptt. Ampi. Coll. i. ÔC8.


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