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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
page 85



84 ROGER OF WENIOVER. [A.D . 1189. Land, and paying little regard to the care of the inward soul and the duties of a pastor, was not only deprived of his eye-sight, hut was sunk in total darkness ; and thus this bishop, according to the sentence of the man of (iod, died at the end of seven years. At this time, carl William of Magnaville died at Bouen. Of a glorious battle fought by the Christians against the pagati'. On the 4th of October in this year a battle was fought at Antioch between the Christians and tin' Saracens in the manner following :—on the side of the Christians were tinking of Jerusalem, the templars, the hospitallers, the marquis of Montfcrrat, the French, Theobald the prefect, and Peter Leonis the Landegrave, who, with the Teutons and Pisans, collected together an army of four thousand cavalry and a hundred thousand foot. The pagan army under Saladin consisted of a hundred thousand horse and an immense multitude of foot soldiers. The Christians, bearing the sign of the cross on their armour, began the battle about the third hour in the morning, and, having (iod on their side, drove the pagans to their camp, and pursuing them at the sword's point, attacked and destroyed seven battalions of the infidels, slew five hundred of Saladin's knights, amongst whom were Baldwin, Saladiu's son, and mortally wounded his brother Thacaldine. Whilst they were thus gloriously fighting, five thousand Saracen soldiers made a sudden sally, and attacked the Christians; on seeing which Saladin roused all his strength. The Christians, pressed on both sides, forced their way in retreat through the pagans to their camp, but with the loss of the master of the templars and many others, who were slain on that day. Ambassadors on the part of the French king come to king Hicham1 to ask him to hasten his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in company with the kiwi of tlie French. In the same month of October Rotrod, count of Perche, came as ambassador on the part of the king of the French to England, to tell king Richard and the barons of England, that he with the nobles of the kingdom of France, at a general assembly at Paris, hail sworn that he would without fail, (iod willing,come with his barons to Vizelai, after Easter, thence to set out for Jerusalem ; and in proot'of this oath the French


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