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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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472 ROGER OF TfENDOVER. [A.D . 1119. and his horse to the ground : the rider was seized immediately and carried off captive. Then the infantry, among whom were the king's sons, and who had not yet come into action, bent their lances, and charged right upon the enemy with such weight and force that all the Gallic ranks recoiled, turned their backs and fled, yielding the victory to king Henry, who remained in the field until the French king fled, and his nobles were taken prisoners and brought before the king of England. The count of Flanders was conveyed home in a litter, mortally wounded : and king Henry returned to Eouen, where he was received with ringing of bells and chantings in the churches, and gave devout thanks to the Lord of hosts. Of the death of Richard abbat of St. Albans. The same year Richard d'Aubeney* abbat of St. Albans, departed his life, and Geoffrey de Gorham prior of the same church, became the sixteenth abbai: The same year died Herbert bishop of Norwich ; and Baldwin count of Flanders, of a wound which he received at Eu in Normandy : he was succeeded by Charles, son of Cnut king of Denmark. At the same time pope Calixtus came to king Henry in Normandy, and these two, the one as great a pontiff as the other was king, conversed together at Gisors. How the prince of Antioch was slain. About the same time Roger prince of Antioch, with three hundred knights and three thousand cavalry, fought against the three princes of the Turks, the men of Damascus, and the Arabians, who had no less than sixty thousand men in their army. In this unequal conflict the prince was slain with all his men, so that none remained to carry back news of the defeat. The Turks, after the battle, took by storm the towns of Cerepum and Sardonae. When Baldwin king of Jerusalem heard of this event, he marched bravely to meet the enemy, and, with his small army, fought, in mount David, against their numerous troops, of whom he slew four thousand, and, putting the three princes to flight, re-captured the towns of Cerepum and Sardonae aforesaid, and pursued the flying enemy with much slaughter until night came on. * He was called before Richard de Eiaquis.


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