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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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IiOOF.R OF WF.XDOVF.lt. [A.D. 121«. 3S4 Tiethany, where the enomv was encamped ; the latter, however, in dread at the approach of the army of the living God, which was so numerous, and marching in such order, struck his tents, and, taking to flight, left the country open to the ravages of the soldiers of Christ. On the eve of Martinmas the army of the faith crossed the .Jordan, bathing their bodies in that river, and there rested quietly for two days, finding an abundance of provisions. They then made three stages along the sea of Galilee and passed through the [daces where our Saviour deigned to work his miracles, and conversed in person with men. They saw llethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter, then reduced to a small fortress; they also saw the places where Christ called his disciples, walked on the sea with dry feet, fed the multitudes in the desert, went up the mountain to pra^-, and where, after bis resurrection he ate with his disciples ; and then they returned by way of Capernaum to Acre, carrying their sick with them. After this they made another expedition and proceeded to Mount Tabor, where at first they found a scarcity of water, but afterwards by digging they discovered plenty ; the child's of the army gave up all hopes of ascending the mountain, until they were told by a Saracen boy that the castle could be taken. They therefore held a council, and on the first Sunday in Advent, when was read the gospel, "(i o to the castle which is over against you," the patriarch went in advance with the symbol of the cross, and amidst the prayers and chanting of hymns by the bishops and clergy the army reached the side of the mountain; and although it was rugged on every side, and as it seemed insurmountable, except by a winding path, yet they all undauntingly climbed it. .John king of .Jerusalem, with the soldiers of Christ, struck from their horses the castellan and an emir, who at the first onset had boldly met the enemy outside the gates, to defend the mountain, and were putting them to confusion and flight. Hut the glory which the king gained in his ascent of the mountain, he lost in the descent ; for a number of the templars, hospitallers, and seculars were wounded, when the enemy recovered their courage, though but tew were killed. In this expedition, as also in the former one which we mentioned, the Christians brought back a great number of men. women, and children with them to Ac e, where the bishop of


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