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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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98 ROGER OK WEN* DO VER. [A.D. uno. entrance for himself and his followers, in spite of their enemies. The troops obeyed the king's commands, attacked the gates, forced their way into the city, and, after slaying many of the French, they, with the king at their head, put the rest to flight. When this event came to the ears of the French king he conceived the most violent indignation against the king of the English, and he never dispossessed himself of it as long as he lived; nevertheless the two kings had η peaceable intcrvie\v on the same day and made no mention of what had taken place. How king Ilichard subdued some fortresses. On the 24th of September in this year, the king of th e French embarked, but as the wind was unfavourable lie returned the same day to Messina. On the 30th of September king Richard crossed the river Var, and took a very strongly fortified place in Calabria, called Labamarc, and, putting in it his sister Joanna, formerly queen of Sicily, he returned to Messina. The next day be took a fortress called the monastery of the Grifl'ones, between Messina and Calabria; at this place the Griffones making an attack on Hugh Ilrun earl of March, were driven back by king Richard, on which they closed the gates of the city, and betook themselves to the ramparts, and from thence slew and wounded several of the king's men and horses. The king, enraged at this, attacked and forced the gates, and took the citv, and on th e 4th of October placed followers of his own in it, and on th e following day the elders of the city gave hostages for th e due observance of peace by them ; after this he there built a castle which was called Mate-Grilfon. At this time a provincial council, of which William bishop of Ely, the legate of the apostolic see, was president, was held at Westminster on the lóth of'October, but at this little or nothing was done for the edification of tin; English church. I/ow the Xorman church uns freed from the yoke ofslavery. At this time the church of God in Normandy, with king Richard's consent, was freed from its long endured yoke of slavery. In tlx' first place it was determined and granted by the king, with regard to clerks, that on no occasion should they be taken by the secular authority, as had been the


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