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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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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Λ.υ. 121G.] LOUIS RAVAGES TUE ritoν Ι Ν* CES. 37J manner us an abbat or any one rise is said to be deposed. Listly tbe pope said, tiiut he would determine- on these mut ters before the messengers arrived from Walo.* Hate Louis ruvaged the eastern jtrovtnces of England, About this time Louis made an incursion into the eastern * ('. and It. insert here:* " One tiny, however, Louis thinking to corrupt the fidelity tinti liminosi of Hubert de Burnii, by trying his avarice, sent word that he wished to have a peaceable interview with him ; and when Hubert consented t.j this, Louts sent special messengers to hint tu a postern gate which seemed a fît place for the interview. The messengers who were sent to him were the earl of Salisbury, surnamed William Longespce, who brought with him for security Thomas de Burgh, brother of the said Hubert, who had been taken prisoner by Louis at the castle of Norwich, and three of the most noble of the Frenuli. Hubert then came to the postern, followed by five cross-bow men with bows bent and arrows lined, so that if there was necessity, they should not spare tlieir enemies, Karl William then said,* The death of king John, once our lord, is, 1 believe, no secret to you, Hubert, nor are you ignorant of the oath of Louis, who has sworn, that when he takes possession of this castle by force of arms, all found in it shall be hung without fail. Consult therefore your own safety and honour. You cannot Jong retain this castle ; the power of our lord Louis increases daily, while that of the kin,; decreases, by strong daily assaults; or you will at least perish of hunger, unless jou be wise and yield to my advice, for you see nil hope of help has vanished: therefore without any delay or difficulty, give up tins castle to Louis, and you will not he branded with perfidy, since you cannot hold possession of it much longer ; and you sec that others vie with one another in giving their fealty to him.' Thomas, his brother, moreover naid to him with tears, ' My dear brother, have compassion on yourself, on rne, and all of us, by yielding to the ad vite of these nobles ; for we shall then all be freed from impending destruction.' The earl added,ί Listen to my advice, Hubert, and obey the will of our lord Louis, and he will give VOL, as an inheritance, tlic counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, and you will also become his chief counsellor and friend; hut, if you do not this, vour brother Thomas will he hung, and you in a short time will suffer the same punishment.' To this Hubert then replied: 'Karl, wicked traitor that vou are, although king John, our lord and your brother, be dead, lie has heirs, namely your nephew, whom, although every body else deserted him, vou, hi-» uncie, ought not to abandon, lint ought to be a second father to him; why then, base and wicked man that you are, do you talk thus to me?' then casting η scowling look on him and breaking out into a harsher tone, lie added, ' Do not speak another word, because by the lance of ί Imi, if you open your mouth to say any thing more, you shall all lie pierced with numbers ul arrows, nor will 1 even spare my own brother.' The c:irl therefore, and those who were with him seeing that they would be killed in the Hash of an eye, because the cross-bow men were ready to discharge their weapons, retreated ut once, glad to escape alive and uninjured. \ \ hen Louis heard this, although he was sorry and enraged, lie greatly applauded the firmness of Hubert."

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