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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. ]218.] DEFEA T O F Τ1ΙΚ SAIIACE.NS. efforts but sent forth frequent and destructive showers nf stones. 'J lie first ship attached to the macinile was placed at the foot of the tower, in no small danger; for the (ireek fire which was hurled therefrom fell on it like lightning, and caused no small alarm to the crusaders, hut by means of vinegar, gravel, and other extinguishing matter, the lire was subdued. Then a fierce assault was made by those who managed tlx; machine, whilst the patriarch lay prostrate on the ground before the cross, and the clergy standing barefooted cried aloud to Heaven. The enemies of the cross and defenders of the tower stretched forth their lances and sprinkled oil on the foremost part of the sealing ladder, and then api dying the Greek flame, set fire to it; the crusaders, who were inside, rushing forward to extinguish the tire, by their weight so depressed the head of the ladder, that the turning bridge placed against the front of the tower sank downwards. The standard-bearer of the duke of Austria fell from it, and the pagans seized on the duke'.- standard amidst much derision; then, thinking themselves victorious, they raised a shout which shook the air. lint the Christians, on seeing this, prostrated themselves in prayer, and with clasped hands continued to call on the Lord. At this devotion and upraising to heaven of the bauds of the people of t'hrist, the divine love raised the scaling bidder, and the tears of those of the faith extinguished the tire; and then the crusaders, regaining coinage, bravely contended with the defenders of the tower with lances, swords, spikes, arrows, and other weapons of war. A brave young man of the diocese of Liege was the first to climb the tower; a young I'rieshindiT then ascended it, holding in his band an iron flail used for threshing grain, but made into a weapon for fighting, with which he boldly cut down the enemies of the faith on the other side of the ramparts to the right and left, and amongst others he slew a Saracen who carried the yellow (lag of the soldini, which he carried off; then one after another followed in the ascent, although they met with great resistance from their fierce and cruel enemies. The pagans however were at length overcome, and the weeping and lamentation of the Christians was succeeded hy joy and triumph ; for the Saracens not being able lo elidine the pressure of numbers in the tower, endeavoured to escape by

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