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part of England, pillaged the cities and towns of Essex.
Suffolk, and Norfolk, and finding the castle of Norwich
deserted he garrisoned it with his own soldiers and imposed
a tax on all those districts ; he also sent a largì' force against
the town of Lynn, which he reduced, and, taking the inhabit
ants away prisoners, be compelled them to pay a heavy
ransom; after this the French returned with great booty and
spoil to London. At that place Gilbert de Gaut came to
Louis, and was by him presented with the sword of the
county of Lincoln; Louis then sent him there to check the
incursions of the garrisons of the castles of Nottingham and
Newark, who had destroyed with fire all the abodes and fine
buildings of the barons in that district, and had taken their
lands into their own possession. At the same time Robert
de Roos, Peter de Brus, and Richard Percy reduced the city
of York with the whole county to subjection to Louis;
Gilbert de Gant, and Robert de Roppelle took the city of
Lincoln and that county, with the exception of the castle, and
imposed an annual tax on the whole of it; thence inarching
into Iloyland, they plundered it, and levied a tax on it ; the
king of Scots subdued the whole eountv of Northumberland
for Louis, except the castles which Hugh de Rallini, and
Philip dc Hnleeotes most courageously defended against the
attacks of the enemy; however all these provinces were sub
dued and swore allegiance to Louis. In this year Walo the
legate exacted a tax on proxies from the cathedral churches
and religious houses throughout all England, namely, for every procuration fifty shillings; moreover he sequestrated all the benefices of the clergy and religious men, who had given assistance, or advice, or favoured the cause of Louis, all which he converted to the use of himself and his clerks.
Of the siege of Dorer rosile ly Louis.
In the same year on the day of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, Louis, with a powerful force of knights and soldiers laid siege to Dover castle, having first sent to his father for a petraria which was called in French "Malvoisine ;" and the French having disposed this and other engines before the castle, they began to batter the walls incessantly; but Hubert de Burgh, a brave knight, with a hundred and forty knights and a large number of soldiers who were defending