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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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king would not give up the donation of churches to save his kingdom, neither would I, to save my life, let him keep it." Thus the king's business terminated, and archbishop Anselm began to intercede with the pope for the degraded bishops and abbats, that he would grant them a dispensation to recover their lost dignities. Then the holy see, which never is wanting to any one, if anything of a white or red colour * pass between the parties, mercifully restored the aforesaid bishops and abbats to their former dignities, and sent them back with joy to their own habitations. The same year, Robert duke of Normandy, by the craft of his brother, and for his sake only, acquitted him of the three thousand marks which he had paid him every year. Hou many nobles, on their way to Jerusalem, perished by the treachery of the emperor. About that time, many nobles from the west took the cross, and set out for Jerusalem, under the conduct of the powerful nobles, William duke of Aquitaine, Hugh the Great, count of Viromada, who had but recently returned from pilgrimage ; Stephen, count of Chartres and Blois ; together with Stephen, count of Burgundy. Al! these, fired with equal zeal, arrived with a large retinue at Constantinople, where they were respectfully but deceitfully received by Alexius, and they found there the count of Toulouse, who, when he once undertook pilgrimage, determined never again to return to his own country. When they had obtained the emperor's leave, they were escorted by the count of Toulouse across the Hellespont to Nice in Bithynia. Then that wicked traitor, the emperor Alexius, jealous of our men's success, sent letters to the chiefs of the unbelieving Turks, through whose territorities the Christians were about to pass, earnestly exhorting them not to suffer so large an army of Christians to cross their land. Now, our men, acting unwarily and suspecting no evil, were advancing in separate bodies, not having the bond of charity among them. Thus they were given into the hands of the Turks who lay in wait for them, and more than fifty thousand of them were slain in one day. Those who escaped, arrived, * Silver or gold : the Roman court, like all other similar institutions was open to great bribery.


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