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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 413



412 KOOF.U OF VF.XDOVEK. [Λ.Ι. 1-218. William dc Carnot, Iterius de Tocco, llervey d' Crson, and many others. Of the lieo allucks tuadc hy the Saracens on tlie Christians at l)umit Ita. After this, on the feast of St. Dionysins, the Saracens came unawares with vessels and troops, and attacked the outskirts of the camps where the Unmans had pitched their tents ; they were however repulsed by a small body ot Christians, and made a hasty retreat to their vessels; bit they could not escape the swords of their pursuers and th" torrent of the river, for. as the Christians afterwards learned from the pagans, about live hundred were drowned in the Kile. Again on the feast of St. Demetrius, at early dawn, the enemy attacked the camp of the templars, but did little injury to the Christians ; for they were put to flight by some cavalry sent against them, and driven to the bridge which they bad built at a distance off, and there about five hundred of them were slain by the crusaders. Of an inundation of the tirer Kile, l»y which the Christians suffered great ioss. On the following feast of St. Andrew the apostle, in the middle of the night the waves of the sea rose and made dreadful inroads, even up to the camp of the crusaders, whilst an inundation of the river took them unawares on the other side. Tents were floating about, provisions were lost, the fishes from the sea and river were carried into the tents of the crusaders, who. although they caught them by hand, would rather have been without those dainties ; and had it not been for the ditch, which by a prudent plan had been sometime before made, although for a di lièrent purpose, the united force of the sea and river would have carried away men and horses, and ships loaded with provisions and arms, into the power of the enemy. This fati' was not indeed escaped b the four cogs on which the ramparts had been built for attacking the tower ; for these, together with a fifth ship which was jammed between them, were all driven in a heap on to the opposite bank ami there destroyed by the Greek fire before the eyes of the crusaders. God indeed spared the machine of the Fricslanders and German^,


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