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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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in. the church of our Lord's Sepulchre, amid the tears of the surrounding multitude ; the officiating minister was William the patriarch. As soon as the king's death was noised abroad among the unbelievers, Sanguineus, a powerful Turkish prince, at the head of a large army, laid siege to Edessa, and with much labour reduced it to submission. All the Christians found therein were butchered without mercy, and no distinction was paid to sex or age. Thus a most ancient city, honoured by the profession of the Christian faith, and converted by the preaching of the apostle Thad deus, was now, with shame be it said, reduced under the power of the infidels. In this city the bodies of St. Thomas the apostle, St. Thaddeus aforesaid, and of the blessed king Abgarus, are said to be buried. This is that illustrious prince Abgarus, who, according to Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History, sent a letter to our Lord, and was honoured by an answer to the same. The historian Eusebius gives both the letters, and adds the following observation, " W e found these facts among the archives of the city of Edessa, where Abgarus reigned, copied into the papers, which formerly contained the deeds of the same king." We read of this city that it was often taken by the Christians, and again recovered by the Saracens. Of the death of two Roman pontiffs. The same year died pope Innocent, and was succeeded by Celestinus, who also died after he had sat five months. Lucius succeeded, and presided over the Eoman see eleven months and thirteen days. The same year died William bishop of Winchester, and Henry succeeded. To this Henry pope Lucius sent the pall, wishing to erect a new archbishopric at Winchester, and to place under him seven bishops. This year, also, Master William, monk of Malmesbury, ended his History of England. How king Stephen besieged Lincoln in vain. A.D. 1143. Pope Lucius died, and was succeeded - by Eugenius, who sat eight years, four months, and twenty-one days. The same year king Stephen besieged Lincoln, and began to build another tower opposite the castle, which was held by Ralph earl of Chester ; but about eighty of his men


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