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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
page 551

550 ποΓ,Γ.η or WEXDOYF.R. [A.D. 12Γ2 . in my reverence of God. am afraid of them, and how unwilling 1 should be to offend them, they would trample on me as on an old and worn-out shoe." It is also to le remarked, how he gave up the pleasures of his newly-gained kingdom in his love for the Eternal King, and how liberally he expended his own money and that of his late father in the service of Christ and for the liberation of the Holy Land, and bow bravely he wrested the whole land of promise, besides the holy city of Jerusalem, from the hands of the enemies of the cross. And when his money failed him there he made a truce for three years and obtained permission from Saladin for a priest to perform the mass of the cross at the sepulchre of our Lord on each day till the termination of the truce at his own expense ; and then departing to his own country, he recruited his forces and collected money, and at the end of the truce returned, leaving the kingdom and all the ]ossessions of which he was Lord in the western countries, that he might be crowned king in the holy city of Jerusalem, take command of the troops, tight the battles of the Lord of sabaoth, and endeavour to subdue the enemies of the cross as long as be lived. But the enemy of the human race, who is always envious of good works and of the prosperity of Christians, stirred up against this devoted king the duke of Austria and the Roman emperor, who laid snares for him on his return from the Holy Land, when he was taken by his enemies, and, like a bull or an ass, sold to the Roman emperor. He was then imprisoned and vilely treated far otherwise than was fit for such a great man. and was obliged to pay a heavy sum for his ransom. The French king moreover obstructed his plans by invading his dominions when he was employed in the service of the cross ; and being thus hindered by enemies in all quarters, he kept in mind the martyrdom which he had not yet undergone in body, as he had determined to do, in the land of promise, for he longed to return and to die in the service of the cross. In addition to all these trials of the said king, whilst he was absent on the crusade, carl John his brother conspired to subdue England, besieged castles, and made war on his brother, but by the commendable fidelity of the English, his plans were frustrated. · wonderful firmness of this noble king, which could never lie bowed down by adversity, and was never elated in prosperity, but he always appeared cheerful, and in him there never appeared any sign of dilbdenee. These and other like virtues had rendered our king Richard glorious in the sight of the most high God ; wherefore now, when the time of God's mercy had arrived, he was deservedly removed, as we believe, from the places of punishment to the everlasting kingdom, where Christ bis king, whom be had faithfully served, bad laid by for his soldier the crown of justice, which God had promised to those who love him. Rejoicing in company with him are those saints whose relics he

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