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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 126



A.D. 1102.] IliI'MSONMENT OF ΚΙΛΌ RICHARD. 1 25 to find out the king either by his language or any other sign, promising to give him halt' the city if he should take the king. This messenger, by inquiring at the dwellings of the pilgrims separately, at last found the king, who, after long dissembling, was compelled by the entreaties and tears of the faithful inquirer to acknowledge who he was, on which he with tears besought the king to take instantly to flight, and gave him a very excellent horse. After this he returned to his master and told him, that, what be had heard of the king's arrival was untrue, but that they were Baldwin de Beduine and his companions returning from their pilgrimage. His master, however, flew into a rage, and ordered them all to be seized; but the king with William D'Kstaing and a boy, who understood the German language, escaped from the city by stealth, and remained on the road for three days and nights without food, when, driven by the calls of hunger, he diverged to a village, called Gynatia, on the Danube, where at that time, to complete his misfortunes, the duke of Austria was stopping. How k'my Jtichard was taken ly the duke, and thrown into prison. King Kichard having thus landed in Austria, he sent his boy to the town of Gynatia to market, to buy food for his hungry attendants. The boy, on going to the market, made a show of several bezants, and behaved in a haughty and pompous manner, on which be was seized by the citizens, who asked who he was, to which he replied that he was the semant of a rich merchant, who had arrived at that town after a three days' journey : they on this let him go, and he went stealthily to the secret dwelling of the king, and advised him to fly at once, telling what had happened to him. The king, however, wished, after his harassing voyage, to rest for a few days in the above-named town, and, having occasion to purchase, necessaries, this same boy often went to the public market : and on one occasion, on St. Thomas the apostle's day, he happened incautiously to carry his ma.-ter the king's gloves under bis belt. The magistrates of the place seeing them, had him again apprehended, and aid r inflicting various tortures on him, and beating him, threatened to pull out his tongue and cut it off, if he did not at unco confess the truth. The boy at length was compelled by


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