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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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110 KOOR!'. OK WKNDOVER. [A.D. 1101. seized, had scon these, and making earnest inquiries what they contained, he ordered them to be taken to Baldaeh, and to be delivered to the caliph, that the Christians might no longer boast of the bones of dead men, nor believe that they had, as intercedcrs for them in heaven, those whose bones they worshipped on earth, lint the chief and patriarch of Antioch and others of the faith, by no means wishing to be despoiled of such a store of treasure, promised on oath to pay fifty-two thousand bezants to redeem these same relics, and if they should fail in payment of the aforesaid money on the day agreed on, that they would resign the said relics to him. According to this agreement, the chief of Antioch took the relies away with him under seal: anil now all the followers of Christianity were overcome with grief and alarm because the time for payment fixed by Saladin was approaching, and the beforenamcd chief had taken the relics away with him to restore them scaled, as he received them, to that prince. But the English king Richard, who was at Furbie, heard of this, and knowing that the thing had been done, in all due order, at once paid the prearranged sum to Saladin for the sacred relics and piously retained the pledges of the saints, that these, men of (iod, whose bones he had redeemed from impious hands on earth, might, by their intercession, assist his soni in heaven. Each coffer was of such a size and weight that four men could hardly carry it for any length of time. The discovery of Arthur, the most famous k'mrj of the /tri'nns. In the same year the bones of Arthur, a renowned king of Britain, were found buried at ( ilastonbnry, in a very old sarcophagus, near which two pyramids stood, and on these, letters bad been carved out, but which were scarcely legible on account of their roughness and shapelessness. The occasion of their being found was as follows;—Certain people who were digging a grave in the same place to bury there a monk, who had during his life earnestly desired to be. buried there, found a kind of sarcophagus, on which was placed a leaden cross with these words carved on it: ''Here lies the renowned Arthur, king of the Britons, buried in the island of Avalon." The place is surrounded on all sides by marshes, and was formerly called the ·· island of Avalon." that is, tho isle of apples. In this year too, Robert, η canon of the


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