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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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the abbat, and king Henry gave Bishopscote for a perpetual possession to the church aforesaid, and confirmed the gift by charter. The same year there was a serious quarrel between the kings of England and France, arising from the following cause :—Theobald count of Blois, nephew to king Henry, had taken up arms against the king of France, and king Henry, in defence of Theobald, did much injury to thè French king Louis, who called to his help the counts of Flanders and Anjou, because they had sworn together that they would take away Normandy from king Henry, and give it to William, son of Henry's brother, duke Robert, who had a better claim to it. But the English king being a wise and prudent man, enlisted in his cause the count of Britany and the aforesaid Theobald, and, with the troops of England, Normandy, and Britany combined, awaited the approach of the enemy. The French king, with the aforesaid counts, who were in league with him, and a large army, entered Normandy, but passed only one night over the borders, for he feared that the king of England should march against him, and withdrew to his own dominions without fighting. The same year, to supply the king's necessities, England was oppressed with exactions of various kinds. Of the disturbed state of the elements. A.D. 1117. Thunders, lightnings, hail, and earthquakes, destroyed churches, towers, trees, and human beings in Lombardy.* The same year also, died the venerable Ivo bishop of Chartres, famous for his knowledge of the holy Scriptures. How a schism arose at Borne about the anti-pope Gelasius. A.D. 1118. Pope Paschal died, and Gelasius the antipope succeeded for one year. The same year also died Matilda queen of England ; her body was buried peacefully at Westminster, and her soul ascended to heaven, as was evident by many and frequent signs and miracles. This blessed queen built a house for lepers at London, with a chapel and suitable buildings, which is called to this day the " hospital of St. Margaret." • Matthew Paris adds :—" The moon became like blood on the 11th of November, and Robert the prior with a few brethren first went to live at Merton."


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