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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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A.D. 1134.] SLAUGHTER OP TURKS. 481 present time, has three sees, Chester, Lichfield, and Coventry. How Fulk king of Jerusalem slew three thousand Turks. The same year an immense army of Turks crossed the Euphrates, and encamped in the territory of Antioch : the inhabitants of which city called to their assistance the king of Jerusalem. Fulk, marching thither with an army, fell upon the enemy and slew three thousand of them : the rest escaped by flight. Our men returned to Antioch, with so large a booty that they did not know what to do with it. Meanwhile the patriarch of Jerusalem, with his men, constructed a fort near Nobe, commonly called Betenoble. About the same time Raimund count of Poictou espoused Constance daughter of Boamund the younger, and by virtue of this marriage was made prince of Antioch : at this time, also, Fulk king of Jerusalem rebuilt the ancient city of Beersheba, which is about twelve miles from Ascalon. Of a certain clerk who was cured by the mother of God. A.D. 1133. A certain scholar was afflicted with a severe infirmity, and lay day and night crying like a woman in travail, calling on the holy mother of God for help. One night, when he was grievously tormented, he saw the blessed virgin mother of God standing by him in white garments, in answer to his prayers, and stretching out her hand towards him : the sick man trembled, but no sooner felt her touch than he was immediately restored to his former health. The same year died Hervey bishop of Ely, and the king appointed Nigel to succeed him ; at the same time, also, he gave the bishopric of Durham to Geoffrey his chancellor. How the empress Matilda bore a son whom she named Geoff,ey. A.D. 1134. The empress Matilda was delivered of a son whom she named Geoffrey ; on which account king Henry crossed into Normandy, and remained there some time in great joy about his two grandsons. At the same time died, on their way to Rome, the bishop of Llandaff and Gilbert bishop of London. The same year died Robert Curthose, brother of king Henry and was buried at Gloucester.* The empress, at thie time, lay ill a long time from the * This last sentence is thus amplified by Matthew Paris :— " The same year ended the ample time for repentance which our Lord VOL. I. I Γ


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