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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 513



KOr.KK OP WKNJJOVER. [A.n . foot soldiers assembled from different parts of the world : and all these, inspired with a common feeling of devotion, marched to C.'esarca, and bad garrisoned some castles there, so that it now only remained for them to restore Joppa and then to march on the holy city. The emperor on learning the condition of the Holy Land, fully approved of the plan of the pilgrims, and, having made all necessary preparations to march forward, they set out preceded by the emperor, and on the 15th of November arrived without obstruction at Joppa. But as it was impossible for each man to carry by land provisions enough for himself and his horses for several days, as well as his bagcagc. ships had been procured at Acre for the purpose of bringing provisions to the army, but a sudden storm arose and the sea became so rough that for seven successive days the Christian pilgrims were without provisions. Great alarm then arose amongst many of them, that the Lord in his anger would destroy his people from the face of the earth : however, the unspeakable mercy of God. which allows no man to be tried beyond endurance, was at length aroused by the lamentations of his faithful people, and he commanded the winds and the sea and there was a calm ; then a great number of ships arrived, under the guidance of the Lord, at Joppa, loaded with immense tpiantitics of corn and barley, wine, and all kinds of provisions, so that there was always an abundant supply of provisions in the army till the said fortress was rebuilt. Of tiw Jew Joseph who is siili olive awaiting the last coming of Christ. In this year a certain archbishop of Armenia Major came on a pilgrimage to Kngland to sec the relics of the saints, and visit the sacred places in this kingdom, as he had done in others ; he also produced letters of recommendation from his holiness the pope to the religious men and prelates of the churches, in which they were enjoined to receive anil entertain him with due reverence and honour. On his arrival he went to St. Alban's. where he was received with all respect by the abbat and monks : at this place, being fatigued with his journey, he remained some days to rest himself and his followers, and a conversation was commenced between him and the inhabitants of the convent by means of their interpreters, during which he made many inquiries concerning the religion and religious observances of this country,


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