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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. 1153.] TREATY BETWEEN STEPHEN AND HENRY. 509 and twenty-four days. The same year, Richard de Beaumeis, archdeacon of Middlesex, was consecrated bishop of London. Bernard abbat of Clairvaux, and Henry Murdach archbishop of York, departed this life. The same year, as Eustace, son of king Stephen, was going to plunder the territory of St. Edmund the martyr, on the day of St. Lawrence, he was suddenly cut off by death, and buried in Feversham abbey, which his father Stephen had built. The same year David king of Scots -died, and was succeeded by his nephew Malcolm. How duke Henry landed with force in England. The same year Henry duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, count of Poictou and Anjou, crossed into England with thirtysix ships and a large army, and within the octaves of the epiphany besieged and took the castle of Malmesbury: thence he proceeded to Crowmarsh, and laid siege to the castle ; but messages passing between the king and the duke, it was agreed that the king should rase that fortress at his own cost, and so the siege was abandoned : this was not far from the castle of Wallingford. Duke Henry also received into his possession the castles of Reading and Brightwell. Gimdred countess of Warwick expelled the soldiers of king Stephen from that fortress, and gave the town up to duke Henry, whose cause by these means went on prosperously. The same year, duke Henry's wife Eleanor bore him a son, who was called William—a name common to the dukes of Aquitaine and the counts of Anjou. Of the treaty made between king Stephen and duke Henry. A.D. 1153. By the justice of Heaven, the diligence of Theobald archbishop of Canterbury, and of the bishops of the realm, king Stephen and duke Henry made a treaty at Wallingford, as follows :—King Stephen, being destitute of heirs, except only duke Henry, hereby recognizes, in 'full assembly of the bishops and other nobles of the kingdom, the hereditary right which duke Henry had to the kingdom of England, and the duke has kindly granted that king Stephen shall enjoy the sovereignty, if he pleases, until his death, on condition that the king, the bishops, and other nobles of the kingdom, now present, shall swear that after the death of


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