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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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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. [A.D. 1147 Of the détestable treachery of the emperor of Constantinople, The sultan of Iconium, hearing of the coming of so many princes, had for a long time collected together reinforcements from all the countries of the east, and bent all his thoughts to relieve himself from the approaching danger. He assembled his troops and took his station on the frontiers of Lycaonia, that he might avail himself of such chances as time or place should offer for, impeding the march of the enemy. The emperor of Constantinople had supplied the Roman emperor with guides, on account of the difficulties of the country through which they had to march ; but these men, as is said, practising the usual deceit of the Greeks, led the army through wilds where the enemy had a fair opportunity of attacking with advantage an army ignorant of the country. The sultan, seeing the Christians involved in the passes of these wilds, rushed upon them unawares, with his troops mounted upon active and well-fed horses, whereas the Romans were enfeebled by the weight of their arms, and rode on horses that were half-starved. Thus they were unable to resist the enemy, and a miserable slaughter ensued. By God's secret but just judgment, out of seventy thousand armed horsemen, and such a large body of foot-soldiers, hardly a tenth part escaped : the rest either perished by the sword and by famine, or were taken and carried into captivity by the enemy. How the same emperor deceived the French king and his army. A.D. 1147. The emperor Conrad, at the beginning of spring, arrived with his ships at Acre, and thence proceeded to Jerusalem, where he was received by king Baldwin, the clergy, and people, and with hymns and songs of praise escorted into the holy city. A t this time Louis king of France, following the emperor, after a toilsome journey, reached the fords of the river Menander, at the head of seventy thousand armed men, besides the fleet which followed him. Here the French attempting to cross, found the opposite bank occupied by the army of unbelievers, who resisted their passage ; but, at last, when they had found the fords, they routed the enemy, slaying many of them and putting to flight the rest : after which they seized on the spoils and rejoiced at the victory which they had gained. Thence

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