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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 452



A.D. 1-224.] SIEGE OF IÌEOFOIÌD CASTI.E. 45 1 assembled at a conference at Northampton to di-rusn tieall'ai is of the kingdom; for the king wisheil to have tieadvice of his tiohlcs ahout the transmarine posses-ions, which Louis had seized on by degrees, but other matters oeciirred which he « lί« I not expect. There wen: at that time at Dunstable some: of the king's justiciaries, whom we call " itinerants,"* namely, Martin de L'ate-hulle, Thomas tic Mnleton, Henry de liraibroc, and others, who were there, holding the king's pleas for this new act of disseizin ; and there Faleasius, amongst others, who had robbed numbers of people, was thrown on the mercy of the king for more than thirty pairs of letters, for each of which he was liable to the payment of a fine of a hundred pounds to the king. When Faleasius was informed of this, he was ^rcMiy enraged, and in a most unadvised manner, ordered the knights who composed the garrison of the castle of Bedford, to proceed to Dunstable with a body of soldiers, seize on the aforesaid justiciaries, and, after securing them prisoners, to bring them to Bedford castle, and place them in close confinement there. The justiciaries, however, found this out, and departed in haste wherever chance led them : of this number, Henry de Braibroc, flying without due caution, was taken pri-oncr by the above-mentioned knights, and after being ino-t cruelly treated, was imprisoned in the castle of Bedford. Λ report of this being spread abroad, the wife of the said Henry went to the king at Northampton, and with tears laid a complaint of the detention of her husband, in the hearing of the whole council. The king was highly incensed at this deed, and a-ked the advice of the clergy and people assembled ato what ought to be done to punish such an offence. Thev all unanimously gave it as their opinion that the}- should without delay, putting off all other business, proceed with a strong armed force to the aforesaid castle, to punish such audacity; this opinion meeting the king's views, he gave the order, and they all flew to arms. and. rlcrgv as well a- people, marched to the castle of Bedford. The king, on bis arrival there, sent messengers to the chief castellan-, asking admission, and demanding the restoration of Henry de Braihroc, bis justiciary. William de Breaute, however, brother of Faleasius, and the others of the garrison, told the uies* Justices in Kyrie.


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