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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


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.2
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68 ROGER OF WE.VDOVER. [A.D. 1ÌS8. remains but that we should occupy them also. But, if you wish for war, and if God so will of his good pleasure that we occupy the whole land of the Christians, we will meet you in the power of the Lord, as is written in this our letter. But. if yon ask us for the boon of peace, you will command the warders of the three places above mentioned to deliver them up to us without resistance; and we will restore to you the holy cross, and will liberate all the Christian captives who are in all our territories ; and we. will be at peace with you, and will allow you to have one priest at the sepulchre, and wo will restore the abbeys which used to be in the time of paganism,* and will do good to them, and will permit the pilgrims to come during all our life, and we will be at peace with you. But if the letter which came to us by the. hand of Henry be the letter of the king, we have written this letter for answer, and may God give us counsel according to his will. This letter is written in the year of the. coming of our prophet Mahomet, 584, by the grace of the only God. [And may God save our prophet Mahomet and his race, and may he save the. salvation of our Saviour, illustrions Lord, and victorious King; the giver of unity; the true word: the adorner of the standard of truth ; the corrector of the world and of the law ; soldan of the Saracens and pagans ; the servitor of the two holy houses, and of tin; holy house of Jerusalem; the father of victors; Joseph the son of Job : the reviver of the progeny of Murmuramus ! ] How Guy king of Jerusalem was released from prison. In the same year, Guy king of Jerusalem, after being kept prisoner for a year, was released from prison by Saladin, on condition of his abdicating his sovereignty, and going immediately into exile beyond sea ; but the clergy of the kingdom were of opinion that this agreement ought to be nullified, and that faith was not to be kept in a case where religion was endangered, as long as the land of promise was destitute of all security in having no head or ruler, and pilgrims who might arrive had no leader, and the people Lad no protector. Therefore, on the release of the king, " This letter has evidently been translated out of the original Saracenic with reference V» Christian notions: a Saracen would hardly have described Lis own faith by the word " paganism."

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