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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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ROGER OF WBXDOVEJl. [ A .D . 1100. How king Richard received the scrip and staff at Vizrlai. Tn tliis rear the French ami English kings met on the octaves of St. John the Baptist at Vizelai, where the body of St. Mary Magdalene is buried, and stayed there two davs ; here the king of the English received the staff and scrip in the church of St. Denis. After this the kings with all their forces set out for Lyons, on the Rhone, where, when they and a great part of their armies had crossed the bridge, it broke, and many of both sexes were drowned. After this the kings separated, because one place was not large enough to hold such large forces when united; the king of the French took the road to the city of Genoa, and the king of England towards Messina; and on the arrival of the latter at that place, he. found there many pilgrims who, owing to their long stay there, had spent all their money: of these, king Richard kept many and united them to his army. After having stayed at this place eight days in expectation of the arrival of his navy, finding himself deceived in his hopes, he, collected together ten large busses, and nine well armed galleys, and embarked in these vessels, being anxious on account of the delay of his fleet ; and in the mean time, that he might not appear inactive, he sailed with a strong armed force, passing by the island of St. Stephen, Aipiileia and the Black Mountain, the island of St. Honorâtns, the city of Meis, and a city called Wintilimine. Thence he made his journey to the castle, of Seine, and on the day he reached it he had an interview with the king of the French, who was lying ill there. On the 14th of August the king of the English reached the port of Dauphin, and stayed there five days. Whilst at this place the king of the French sent to ask him to supply him with five galleys ; the Knglish king offered him three, but they were refused by the French king. On the 24th of August the king came to the harbour of l'orteswcire, which is half way between Marseilles and Messina, and so passing différent places he entered the river Tiber, near the mouth of which there is a fine tower. At this place he was met by Oetavian bishop of Ostia, with a message' on behalf of the pope, that the king Would visit him: this the king refused, upbraiding the bishop for the simony and greediness of the Romish priest-, and many other charges,


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