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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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Γ.ΟΓ,Ι:Κ OF WKMXIVER. [•..η. 1014. Rochelle ; anil at news of his arrival, stiverai barons of l'oietou came ami swore fealty to him. Afterwards proceeding in great force, he reduced a great many castles belonging to his enemies; but whoever wishes to know more of what hap pened there, let him read the letters sent by the king to the justiciaries of the treasury. King John's tetter about his proceedings in l'oictou. "John. I/;/ the tjrticr of (ioti, err.—Be it known to you, that when the truce was at an end which we had granted to the counts of La March and Augi, and as we found them riot disposed to make a peace suitable to us, we on the Friday next preceding Whitsuntide, crossed with our army to Miervant. a castle belongiiiL' to (ìenH'rey de Lusignan ; and although many might not believe that it could be taken bv assault, we, on the day after, which was the eve of Whitsuntide, took it by force after one assault, which lasted from early in the morning till one o'clock. On Whitsunday we laid siege to another castle of this same Geoffrey's, called ' Novent,' in which Geoffrey with his two sons had shut themselves: and when, after repealed discharges from our petraries for three days, a fitting opportunity for taking the aforesaid castle was approaching, the count de la March came to us, bringing it about that the aforesaid Geoffrey threw himself on our mercy, together with hi- two sons, his castle, and every thing in it. Whilst we were still there, news was brought us that Louis, son of the kini; of France, had laid siege to a castle belonging to the same Geoffrey called ' Muneuntur ;' on hearing this, we immediately turned in that direction to meet him, so that on the day of the 1 Inly Trinity we were at I'arthcnay. and there the counts de la March and Augi came to us with the aforesaid Geoffrey de Lusignan. and did homage and swore fealty to us. And. because we had formerly treated with the count de la March as to giving our daughter in marriage to his son, we granted that favour to him, although the kin;; of the French had requested her for his son. but with treacherous desizns ; for we remembered our niece who was married to Louis, son of that monarch, and the result of that affair; and mav God grant us more success in this marriage than in the former one! Now, by the grace of God. an opportunity is afforded us of attacking our mortal enemy the


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