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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 402



A.D. 3217.] ΓΙ;Λ;Ε BETWEE N III:NUY Λ\Ι LOTIS. 401 Of the jìffirr and ttgreeheni made hehrecn Henry king of Knijland and y LOUÌU. After this the marshal, the king's guardian and regent, assembled a large army of ktii«rhtH and soldiers, and inarched in great force to the city of London which he blockaded all round, bolli by land and water; and, by thus cutting off all supplies of provisions from the garrison, he thought to compel them to surrender. Louis being thus eritieally situated sent word to the legate and the marshal, that lie was willing to comply with their lerms in everything, on condition that they would make suitable terms of peace, saving his honour, and without injury to his followers. They therefore, since the sailors, pirates, or fishermen, do you go therefore and die.' Hubert then went to a little distance from the place and sent for his chaplain Luke ; lie at once reeeived the wholesome viaticum, and then assuming the boldness ff a lion, he said to his particular attendants, to whom he hail entrusted the charge of I ίο ver, * I beseech you, by the blood of Christ, if I should by chance be taken prisoner, to allow me to be hung rather than give up the castle to any Frenchman, for it is the key of England.' They with tears promised him this on their allegiance and oath. Ile then, in company with two distinguished knights, Henry de Turville and Kichard Seward, and some others, though few in number, embarked mi board a ••hip, taking with him some sailors from the cimpie-ports. There were under his command about sixteen well-armed ships, not including some small ones which accompanied them to the number of twenty, Thev then proceeded boldly on their course, and luffed as if they were point; to Calais. When Eustace the monk, the French leader, saw this, be said, 1 \ know that these wretches intend to go to Calai-*, but it is to no purpose, for the inhabitants are forewarned against them. But the English, rinding that the wind tailed them, suddenly altered their course, and the wind being now fair for them, thev eagerly rushed on the enemy ; as soon as thev reached the vessels of their adversaries they threw grappling-irons and made them fast to their own vessels, and boarding them with their axes, thev cut away the rigging supporting the mast and yards, and, the expending sail falling, the French were caught like birds in a net ; the English then attacked them and making prisoners of all of rank amongst them, cut the rest to pieces. Amongst others they discovered Eustace, who had disguised himself, concealed hi the hold of a ship, on which they dragged him forth ami beheaded bini. Tirs man was a Fleming by birth, and on the deaths of les brothers without children, he. in order to obtain their inheritance, abandoned the monk's habit and apostatized from his order ; l.e then became a pirate and a bloody pirate leader, causing great injury to numbers, but at length the robber was himself taken and received the reward of his deeds. When Hubert, alter his miraculous victory, reached the English coast all the bishops who were in that quarter came out to meet bim clad in their sacred robes, attended by the knights and people, and bearing cresses and standards, singin;: psalms and praising tiod.''


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