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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
page 124



A.D . 1192.] KETUIiN OP KING KICIIAUD. 12.1 maincd there to great danger, and hazard the Iosa of the country they had subdued, a truce was, at the request and by the advice of both armies, agreed on between the Christians and pagans for a period of three years, to commence from the ensuing Easter. lime king Richard returned from his pilgrimage. Accordingly in the autumn, when his ships were ready and all his arrangements made, king Richard with his queen, and her sister Johanna the queen of Sicily, and his nobles, set sail to cross the Mediterranean. Whilst on their voyage unusual storms arose, and they suffered many hardships in reaching land, some suffered shipwreck, some, after being shipwrecked, escaped to shore, almost naked, and with loss of their property; but a few reached the destined port in safety. Those however, who escaped the dangers of the sea, found themselves everywhere set upon by bands of enemies on shore, by whom they were made prisoners and robbed, and some were obliged to pay heavy ransoms; there was no place of refuge for them, as if both land and sea had conspired against the retreating crusaders. From this it is sufficiently evident that their departure, before the object of their pilgrimage was accomplished, was by no means pleasing to Cod, who had determined after a short time to enrich them in that country, by bringing their enemies into subjection to them, and bestowing on them the land on behalf of which they hail undertaken such a toilsome pilgrimage. For while they were thus absent, that invader of the Holy Land. Saladin, in Lent following closed a wicked life by a miserable death, and they, if they had been present at that time, would have very easily obtained possession of the Holy Laud, whilst the sons and relatives of the same Saladin were disputing amongst themselves and contending for their father's kingdom. lime the said king escaped from it,any snares /aid far him by his enemas. King Richard with some of his followers, after being harassed by storms for six weeks, approached the coast of liarbary, about three days' sail from Marseilles, where from an increasing report, he learned that the count of St. tides, and all the other princes, through whose territories he was about to travel, had unanimously con.-pired against him, and


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