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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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A.D . 1191.] THF. CAPTURE OF ACHE. 100 action, and on the galleys ncaring one another a fierce attack cotnmenced on both sides, but the hostile ship became helpless on account of the wind failing. At length one of tinking's rowers, who was a skilful diver, approached the pagan vessel under water, and bored a hole in it, after doing which, under Christ's protection, he returned to his own ship and told the king what he had done. The water entering in a short time rose over the deck of the ship, and the erew, who before trusted to their bulwarks, soon lost all hope of escape ; thirteen hundred of these were drowned by king Richard's order, the surviving two hundred he kept as hostages. Of kiny HìehuriC» arrival at Acre, anil the capture of that citi/. King Richard, after collecting all the spoils of the pagan ship approached the port of Acre, whither he was bound, with a favouring wind. At length on the 8th of June the king entered the harbour, and the shrill sound of clarions, the braying of trumpets, with the horrid din of the horns tilled the air near the shore, and resounded for a distance round inland; this event animated the Christians to battle, but struck terror into the besieged Saracens, for it proclaimed the arrival of this great chief. King Richard showed his generous feelings to all by supplying food to the famished army. The two kings then, attended by crowds of knights and soldiers, arranged stone engines and other machines around the city, and by the weight of their missiles, and constant use of these engines day and night, they battered the walls of the city so that the infidels were panic-struck, lost all confidence in their power of resistance, and at length held a council, and began to treat of peace. The conditions of the agreement were, that, for the ransom of the garrison. Saladin should restore the true cross, which he had taken in battle, and should release fifteen hundred captive Christian-, to be chosen by them, and in addition to the above stated agreement should pay seven thousand bezants. Thus the city, with the arms and everything in it, excepting only the persons of the Saracens, was happily surrendered to the two kings on the 12th of July. When the appointed day of payment arrived Saladin did not fulfil his agreement. To punish this great transgression, therefore, about two thousand -ix

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