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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


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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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 AVENDO VER. [A. D. 1104. Apamea, the capital of Ccelo-Syria, and afterwards, marching to Laodicea, took that also : both of these cities possessed an ample territory with towns and large suburban districts. A t the same time, also, Boamund prince of Antioch, four years after his capture, Avas ransomed and returned to Antioch. Acre is surrendered to king Baldwin. The same year king BaldAvin laid siege to Ptolemais, a maritime city of Phoenicia ; this city has a harbour both within its walls and without, where ships can ride in security; it is said to have been founded by two brothers Ptolemy and Achon, who dividing it between them, and fortifying it Avith strong walls, named it Ptolemais from the one brother and Achon * from the other. This city was now besieged by the king and his princes by land, whilst the Genoese fleet and beaked ships, called galleys, cut off all communication from the city by sea. Engines were erected round the walls, and many of the inhabitants were slain in the frequent assaults made upon them both by the army and navy. After twenty days of fighting, the city was surrendered on condition that all who chose to leave it might have free passage, with their Avives, children, and goods, and that all who chose to remain should pay a stated sum every year to the king, and remain under his protection. By this event free access was given to pilgrims who visited the holy land by sea, as the coast was in part cleared of enemies. The same year Boamund and count Baldwin, Avith Tancred, Joceline, and all their legions, crossing the Euphrates, laid siege to the city of Carra,f about which we read in the life of Abraham, and the inhabitants, having no hope of assistance, offered to surrender the place : but a dispute arose between Boamund and Baldwin as to which should possess the city, and they delayed to take possession until the morning, that they might settle this frivolous question. Before the day daAvned so large a body of Turks marched to succour the towns-people, that there seemed no hope of our men's escaping. The patriarchs who were present exhorted them to be brave ; but those who are abandoned by the grace of God cannot be aided by words or admonitions. At the first charge our men ignominiously * Achon or Accon is the Latin name for Acre, t More properly Charran, i.e. Haran.

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