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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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mounted into the sky, it seemed not to move forwards, but backwards. About the same time, Baldwin king of Jerusalem subdued by arms Berytus, a maritime city of Phoenicia, and added it to the Christian unity ; it lies between the cities of Byblos and Sidon. How king Henry grievously ravaged the territories of the count of Anjou. A.D. 1111. King Henry crossed to Normandy, and, attacking the count of Anjou who held Maine from him against his consent, wasted lus territories on every side with fire and sword.* Of St. Frideswide, and the building of her church. About the same time Roger, bishop of Salisbury, gave a place in Oxford, where the body of the virgin St. Frideswide reposes, to a canon named Wimund, who formed there a community of canons under regular discipline, and was himself their first prior. The place had been in ancient times dedicated to the use of nuns, out of reverence for that same saint, who despised an earthly for the enjoyment of a heavenly bridegroom ; for the son of a certain king, wishing to marry the virgin, and having employed entreaties and blandishments in vain, tried at last to use force, but Frideswide, perceiving his intentions, fled privately into a wood, but did not escape her lover, who was on the alert to find out where she was gone. The virgin, therefore, flying by night, and having God for her guide, arrived in Oxford : and when her ardent lover came there also, she despaired of escape, and too fatigued to proceed further, she prayed God to protect her and to punish her pursuer. The young man was already entering the city with his followers, when he was suddenly bb'nded by a heavenly stroke. Perceiving that he was punished for his pertinacity, he sent to Frideswide, and entreated her intercession with the Lord. The virgin prayed to God, and at her prayer the young man recovered his sight, as quickly as he had before been struck with blindness. From this cause the kings of England have always been afraid to enter that city, for it is said to be fatal to them, and they are unwilling to test the truth of it at their own peril. * Matthew Paris adds: "There was at this time a great mortality of animals and a violent famine in Normandy. Henry, also, the Teutonic king, placed pope Paschal in prison."

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