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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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42G ROGER OF WENDOVER. 1 [A.D. 1200. ships, in going to or coming from the army had gone near that plac., for the beach before Tannis is sandy, and there is no harbour there, but there is a wide bay, and ships which are driven into it cannot clear it without a fair wind, hi this year, the noble Ralph earl of Chester, after fighting for nearly two years in the service of God, obtained permission of the legate, and returned home with his blessing and the good wishes of all the army.* How Louis attacked Toulouse, but was obliged to retreat in confusion. About this time Louis, eldest son of Philip king of the French, at the instigation of his father, collected a large army to attack the heretic Albigenscs, and marched with all his forces to lay siege to the city of Toulouse, whose inhabitants were said to have been long tainted with heresy. After disposing their engines round the city, the French kept up continued assaults on it, but the citizens on seeing this prepared for defence, and erected engine against engine; and after the siege had been carried on for a long time without effect, a great famine arose amongst the French army, which was followed by dreadful mortality both of men and horses. Simon earl of Mont fort, the commander of the besieging army, was wounded before the gate of the city by a stone hurled from a petraria, and, his whole body being crushed, he died on the spot ; his brother too, at the siege of a castle near Toulouse, was in the same way wounded by a stone, and died to the great grief of many. Louis therefore, after a great mortality in his army from famine, as has been mentioned, and having sullcred great loss of all his property, returned in confusion to France with the remains of his troops. Of the second coronation of king Henry. A.D . 1220. At Christmas king Henry was at .Marlborough, being still under the guardianship of Peter, bishop of Winchester. In this year, on Whit-Sunday, which was the seventeenth day of May, the said king, in the fifth year of his reign, was again crowned at Canterbury by * Parisadds here: " In this year nhotii Master, Hugh de Mancport hishop of 11(Tifoni died, mid wan succeeded hi Hugh loliotl, who wasumsccralcd al Canterbury on ihe feast o f All Saints."


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