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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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whereby he ended his disgraceful life a few days afterwards. The same year, Robert bishop of Lincoln died, and was succeeded by Alexander. The same year, king Henry gave the see of Canterbury to William de Corboil, prior of Chick,* and that of Bath to Godfrey, the queen's chaplain. At this time, also, count Robert de Medlent revolted from the king, who besieged and took his castle of Pontaudenicr. At the same time, also, he built a broad and high wall, with battlements, round the tower of Rouen, and strengthened the tower of the castle of Caen ; besides which he rendered impregnable the fortresses of Arches, Gisors, Falaise, Argenteuil, Domfront, Oxismes, Ambret, Vavaire, Vir, and the tower of Vernon. How the king of Jerusalem was taken by Balac prince of the Turks. The same year, Baldwin king of Jerusalem led an army into the territories of the count of Edessa, and, whilst he was proceeding one night incautiously and with his troops in disorder, Balac prince of the Turks sallied from an ambuscade, took him prisoner, and placed him in confinement in the castle of Quartapi.'l' In the same fortress were confined Joceline count of Edessa, and his brother Galeran, for whose liberation the king had come into those parts. When the princes of Jerusalem heard the unfortunate news of the king's capture, they appointed to be governor of the kingdom one Eustace Grenet, a prudent and discreet man, to manage matters whilst the king should be absent. Meanwhile, prince Balac besieged Joppa with sixteen thousand armed men ; at the news of which, the patriarch of Jerusalem, with Eustace the governor, and other princes, the mercy of God accompanying them, marched thither with seven thousand men, routed the enemy, after they had slain seven thousand of them, and took an immense quantity of spoil, which they divided equally among them. The same year William, elect of Canterbury, went to Rome, where he received the pall, and, returning to England, was consecrated at Canterbury by William bishop of Winchester for Richard bishop of London, to whom this duty belonged, had died a short time before. * In Essex. f Called by other writers Quarlapiert and Cartapeta.


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