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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
page 535



530 ROGER OF WENDOVER [A.D. llóC. for this task, to adorn the church in that country, that Christianity may be planted and grow there, and that whatever shall tend to the honour of God and the salvation of souls, may be so ordered there, that you may receive from God the crown of everlasting happiness, whilst on earth you secure for yourself imperishable glory." Of the discovert/ of our Saviour's coal that was without seam. A.D. 1156. At Argentoil, a monastery in the province of Paris, was found, by divine revelation, the coat of our Saviour, without seam and of a dark colour, which, as stated in a writing found at the same time, was made by his glorious mother whilst he was yet a child. In the same year king Henry crossed into Normandy, where he took, after a long siege, the castles of Mirabeau and Chinon ; the castle of Loudon had already submitted to him a short time previously, when his brother Geoffrey, who had expelled Hoel, count of Bretagne, and with the consent of the citizens taken Nantes, made peace with the king, on condition of receiving yearly a thousand pounds of English money, and two thousand money of Anjou ; by which agreement peace was made between them. The same year William, king of Sicily, utterly destroyed the city of Barum, defeated the Greeks, recovered the cities and castles which had been taken from him, and made peace with pope Adrian by allowing him to consecrate the bishops of his kingdom. About this time Eleanor, queen of England, bore the king a daughter, who was named Matilda.* * Between this section and the next is inserted the following legend which it is better to give in the original than in a translation. De presbytero, qui caslitalis amore seipsum castravit. Circa dies istoe eremita quidam, VÎT modesto et sanctus, in Hibernia non longe a purgatorio, de quo supradictum est, in loco deserto, degebat, in cujus horto omni fere nocte dœmones visibiliter convenerunt, et statini post solis occasum congregati placitum ibi tenuerunt, ante solis inde ortum recedentes ; rationem quoque ibi reddebant dœmones principi dtemoniorum, quid mali fecerint in hominibus decipiendis ; quorum confabulationes audivit vir sanctus manifeste, et eorum figuras déformes visibiliter conspexit. Ad ostium cellula; ejus conveniunt, sed quoniam intrare non possunt, nudas il li sape mulieres ostendunt ; sicque fit ut eremita ille, per confabulationes eorum, vitam illius regionis multorum hominum cognoscat. Erat autem in patria illa sacerdos quidam sanctse vita; et honcsta;, qui parochiam regebat, cujus coneuetudo talis, at quotidie mane surgens cœmeterium circumiret et pro a&imabut omnium, quorum ibi corpora quiescebant, septem psalmos


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