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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 353



3u2 ΗΟΓ,ΕΙί OF WKNDOVER. [Λ.η . 1210. wounds. Tliey indicted similar tortures on knights and others of every eondition, some of them they hung up hv the middle, some by the feet and legs some by the hand-, and some by the thumbs and arms, and then threw salt mixed with vinegar in the eyes of the wretches, taking no heed that they were inaile after God's image, and were distinguished by the name of Christian; others they placed on tripods or gridirons over live coals, and then bathing their roasted bodies in cold water they thus killed them, and when, in their tortures, the wretched creatures uttered pitiable cries and dreadful groans, there was no one to show them pity, and their torturers were satisfied with nothing but their money. Many who had worldly possessions gave them to their torturers, and were not believed when they had given their all : others, who had nothing, gave many promises, that they might at least for a short time put off the tortures they had experienced once. This persecution was general through out England, and fathers were sold to the torture by their sons, brothers by their brothers, and citizens by their fellow citizens. Markets and trallic ceased, and goods were exposed for sale only in church-yards ; agriculture was at a standstill, and no one dared to go beyond the limits of the churches. Amidst all these sufferings which were occasioned by the barons, they themselves were lying in the city of London like women in labour, giving all their attention to their food and drink, and thinking what new dainty could be set before them, which, by removing their nausea, might give them new appetite ; but, although they slumbered, the king slept not, until he had got all their lands and possessions, castles and towns, in his own power from the southern to the Scotch sea. Of those teho irere apjiointed govt mors of the subdued castles. When he had, as above-mentioned, disposed of the property of the barons at will, the king gave charge of the whole district between the river Tees and Scotland with the property and castles to Hugh de lîaliol and Philip d'llcote, allowing them knights and soldiers sutficient for the defence of that part of the country. In the city of York he ap|Kintcd Robert Oldbridge, Brian de Lisle, and Geoffrey de Lacy, guardians of the property and castles, allotting soldiers to


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