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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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nOOEIÎ OF WENDOVEIt. [A.I). 1190. Hoir the 'Jessed martyr Thomas appeared to the commanders of hint! liichard's navy. In the same year the king of England's fleet was exposed to many dangers: on their voyage towards Lisbon they had doubled the promontory called Godcsterre, and having passed Brittany with St. Matthew of Einisterre on their left, and tic ocean, on which was their route to Jerusalem, on the right, they left Poicton and Gaseony on their left. On the day of our Lord s ascension they were in the Spanish sea, when a dreadful tempest came on them, which dispersed the fleet immediately. In the raging of the storm, whilst all in their alarm were calling on the Lord, the blessed martyr Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, appeared at three different times to three different persons who were on board the ship of the Londoners, and said to them. " Be not afraid, for I, and the blessed martyr Edmund, and St. Nicholas the confessor, have been appointed by the Lord, guardians of the king of England's fleet ; and if the crews and commanders of the fleet will guard themselves against sin, and repent of their former offences, God will grant them a prosperous voyage and direct their ways in his paths." These words were heard to be thrice, repeated, after which the blessed Thomas disappeared and the storm forthwith ceased. Amongst the crew of that ship were, one called William with the beard. William Fit/ Osbert, and Geoffrey the gold-worker, anil with them many citizens of London. These had now passed Lisbon and Cape St. Vincent, and had nearcd the city of Seville, which was then the extreme of Christendom in Spain: indeed the Christian faith was as yet in its infancy there, for il was only the year before that it became Christian, and had been wrested from the power of the pagans. The crew of the London ship, steering near the city, found by certain indications that Christians dwelt there; they therefore put in, and were received with much honour by the bishop and all the rest of the inhabitants. There were on board this ship more than eighty well armed youths, whom the. people of the city and the king of Portugal retained in their service for fear of the emperor of Morocco, giving them every kind of security for the pay they required, and a promise of large gifts in addition. Besides this ship, ten more of the English


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