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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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A WRESTLING-MATCH. A.i). 12-22.] you therefore, compassionating our sufferings, assist us as far as you are able. Farewell." * Of a trrrstl'viy match and disturbances in tlie city of London. In the same year, on the apostle St. James's day, the inhabitants of the city of London met at the hospital of queen Matilda, outside the city, to engage in wrestling with the inhabitants of the district round the city, to see which of them was possessed of the greatest strength. After they had contended for a length of time amidst the shouts of both parties, the citizens having put their antagonists into disorder, gained the victory. Amongst others, the seneschal of the abbat of Westminster was defeated, and went away in dee]) deliberation as to how he could revenge himself and his companions. At length he fixed on the following plan of revenge ; he offered a prize of a ram on the day of St. Peter tit/ filtrala, and sent word throughout the district for all to come to wrestle at Westminster, and whoever should prove himself the best wrestler should receive the ram for a prize, lie in the meantime collected a number of strong and skilful wrestlers, that he might thus gain the victory; but the citizens being desirous of gaining another victory, came to the sport in great strength, and the contest having been commenced by both parties, they continued for * Paris tuhls : " In this year, a feu- days before tlie council held al Canterbury by Stephen archbishop of that place, a man was discovered with live wounds like those of Christ when crucified, on his hotly and limbs, namely, in his side and in his hands and feet; and at the same council, together with him a man of both sexes, or an hermaphrodite, was brought Ik-fore the council, accused of the same crime as the furmer one; and being convicted of the crime, they made a public confession, ami were punished by tin' deeisiou of the church An apostate Jew was likewise hroughl before them who had beeome a Christian, and afterwards a deacon, and In was likewise punished judicially, for Faulkes had him seized ami hung. And m the same year also died Hugh ile Neville, who, during his whole youth, in king ltiehard's time, had been a familiar friend of that kin.;. Amongst oilier examples of his prowess and daring, when he was in the Holy L-ind he slew a lion, tirst transfixing him with an arrow, and afternan.s with his sword ; heure we have the following rhyme: * Viribus llugonis vires periere leoni*.' [' Itefore I high's strength. si goes the tale. Λ lion's strength was found lo fail.') His body was hinted in the church al Wa'lham. in a handsome carved marble vault."

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