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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 421



420 P.OGF.IÎ OF WENDOVER. [A.D. 1211». last in tlic retreat ; therefore although they were the last of the Christians to reach the trench, they bravely opposed the enemy till all those before them had entered the fortifications; the Saracens then returned to take away their prisoners and to collect booty; and, as the crusaders afterwards learned from the Saracens, the heads of five hundred Christians were presented to the soldan. It was very evident to the Christians that the infidels too had suffered heavy loss in their principal soldiery, for the, soldan sent one of his prisoners to the Christians to treat for a truce or for peace, and during this treaty the Christians properly repaired their trench and engines of war I foie several pilgrims left ttamietta without permission. About that time some sailors, traitors to Christianity, and several Christians with them, before the time of the usual passage, left the army of Christ in its greatest danger, and by their departure added to the sorrow of the Christians and the boldness of the Babylonians; therefore, the infidels breaking oil' the treaty, on the ev e o f St. Cosmas and St. Damian,* and the following day, attacke d the Christians with their accustomed rage and barbarous ferocity, with galleys and armed burbottes, by sea and by land, with niangouelles, targes, and faggots for filling up the trench, and by this sudden attack slew numbers of them ; but the triumphant One of Israel, the Omnipotent God, provided for the safety of his cani]), for Savane de Alaulion arrived by sea with armed galleys and a great number of soldiers. The Christians then seeing this, in their eminent peril cried out to heaven, giving prais e to God. and became encouraged, and bravelv giving battl e to the enemy, compelled the intidels to retreat by the favour of llim who preserves tho-e who trust in him.f • 'J'ilh September, t C. inserts hero, '· About this lime, Si. Kli/abcth, the daughter of the king of Hungary, and wife of the Landgrave of lluringeii, a woman renowned for mirai les, distuigiii-hed above all lier «ex for her miracles and sanctity of life, flourished in (.'ermanv. At ber exhortation, her husband, the landgrave, by mime Louis, joined the crusade, and died at D.imietta, when he was received into heaven through Ihe prayers of his most holywife. After his death, St. Klizala-th, now a widow, received the habit of a nun from Master Conrad, a religious man, and thus she proceeded from virtue to virtue, till the whole '.f (M-rmnny, bel'..re she ibid, became renown d by her virtues. It should also be known that this Llizaneth was


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