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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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Of the death of St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury. A. D . 1109. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury, and Christian philosopher, died during Lent ; his illustrious career, distinguished acts, and death, were followed by frequent miracles, by which his successors were stimulated to deeds of mercy. The same year, Henry, emperor of Rome, sent ambassadors, demanding in marriage the king's daughter, Matilda. The king, therefore, held his court at Westminster during Whitsuntide, with greater magnificence than on any former occasion, wherein he accepted the emperor's proposals, and in few words, betrothed his daughter, taking three shillings, as is the custom of the English kings, from every hide of land throughout England. The same year, by the king's command, Richard bishop of London, William of Winchester, Ralph of Rochester, Herebert of Norwich, Ralph of Chichester, Ralph of Durham, and Hervey of Bangor, met together on the 27th of June, in the church of St. Paul, to consecrate Thomas, elect of York ; and when Thomas had made profession of canonical obedience to the archbishop of Canterbury and his successors, he was consecrated by Richard of London. The same year Henry raised the abbacy of Ely to be an episcopal see, and made Hervey its first bishop; for Richard, the last abbat of the island, was dead, and the county of Cambridge was now withdrawn from the bishop of Lincoln, and given to be the diocese of the new prelate. At this time also, in the diocese of Liege, a sow gave birth to a pig having a man's face, and a chicken was born with four legs. How Boamund ravaged the territory of the emperor Alexius. About this time, Boamund, prince of Antioch, bearing in mind the injuries which the wicked emperor Alexius had always done to those who made pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and to avenge the common cause, invaded his territory with five thousand cavalry and forty thousand infantry, plundered almost all the maritime cities, as well as both the first and second provinces of Epirus ; and at length, besieging Dyrrachium, which is the capital of the first province of Epirus, wasted the whole country with fire and sword. The emperor, hearing of this, came with a large army to defend his subjects, but, by the medium of friends, peace was re-established between them, and it was agreed on oath that the emperor should facilitate the passage


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