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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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all the knights, the brother of Gilbert de Lacy was the only one slain. This battle was fought in the month of August, by the people who lived in the country beyond the Humber. The same year, in the month of October, the count of Anjou compelled the inhabitants of Orismes to surrender, and laid siege to Bayeux and Falaise. How Theobald was elected archbishop of Canterbury. The same year, Alberic bishop of Ostia and legate of the Roman church, came into England, and held a council at London in Advent in the church of St. Paul ; where, by command of the legate, Henry bishop of Winchester ordained deacon Richard de Beaumeis, and on the same day, whilst the ordination services were being performed, Theobald abbat of Bee was elected by the bishops archbishop of Canterbury, Jeremiah prior of Canterbury being present; and when he bad been consecrated by the legate, he went to Rome and received the pall from pope Innocent. How ling Stephen invaded Scotland, and returned with the son of the Scottish king as a hostage. A.D. 1139. After Christmas-day, Stephen took Leeds castle ; after which he went to Scotland, and by fire and sword compelled the king of that country to come to terms, and to give his son Henry as a hostage. Stephen then returned to England, bringing the young man with him, and straightway laid siege to Ludlow castle; where the same Henry was dragged from his horse with an iron hook by the besieged, almost into the castle; but king Stephen, acting the part of a brave knight, rescued him with his own hands. As soon as the castle surrendered, Stephen marched to Oxford: here he injuriously arrested, in his own court, Roger bishop of Salisbury and Alexander of Lincoln his nephew, though they did not refuse to settle matters by justice. Alexander was thrown into prison, and the bishop of Salisbury was carried by the king to his castle of Devizes, than which there is no finer castle in Europe. Here he was kept without food, and his son, who had been chancellor, was threatened with the gallows : by these means the king obtained the surrender of the castle, and soon after of Sherburne castle in the same manner. When he had got


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