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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.2

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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.2
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ROGEU OF WENDOVER. [A.D. 1184. the walls which had been broken down. The next day, being the festival of St. John and St. Paul,* the archbishop of St. Iago assembled twenty thousand men, and at dawn of day slew thirty thousand Saracens. On the following day, which was the feast of St. Margaret's, the Saracens destroyed at Alcubaz ten thousand women and infants; but those who were in the town of Alcnbaz sallied out and slew three kings with all their army. Afterwards, on the eve of St. James's, king Macemunt heard that the king of Gallieia was come to fight him in single combat; and when he wished to mount his horse, he fell off three times and died; upon which all his army fled, leaving behind them all their money. The king of Portugal gave some of the Saracen prisoners as slaves to serve the masons in rebuilding the churches, and with the money he made a golden shrine for St. Vincent. Afterwards came numerous galleys of the Saracens to Lisbon, bringing with them a dromund, in which there was a machine of such a nature that the Saracens could issue forth upon it in arms beyond the city walls and again return. By God's providence, however, some one dived into the water under the vessel, and bored a hole in her bottom, which caused her to sink. The Saracens, perceiving that they were baffled, took to flight, leaving behind them all their baggage. Jlotc Guy de Lusignan was made jiroteetor of the kingdom of.Jérusalem. In these days reigned at Jerusalem Baldwin, son of king Amalric. From the very beginning of his reign he was afflicted with elephantiasis, which had already deprived him of sight, and of the use of his feet and hands. But, notwithstanding his weakness of body, he was strong in mind, and endeavoured, even beyond his strength, to discharge his royal duties. To this end he convoked the nobles of his kingdom, and in presence of his mother and the patriarch, he appointed Guy of Lusignan, count of Joppa and Ascalon, to be regent of the kingdom. This Guy had married the king's sister Sibylla, formerly wife of the marquis of Montfcrrat, by whom she had Baldwin ; but when he had been some time regent, and the kingdom of Jerusalem did not prosper, the king removed Guy, and appointed Uaymund count of Tripoli in his place. • The 'JUlli of June.


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