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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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ROGER OF WENDOVER. [A.D . 1Î233. appeared likely, because, when a disagreement arose between him and the king, he left Kngland. and now be swore that he would send so many foreigners into Kngland as would cover the wdiole face of the country." Again, the king's advisers said that it would be safe for the marshal to throw himself on the king's mercy, because he could trust to the king and his advisers ; to the king, because he was merciful and worthy of trust ; and to his advisers, because thev had never caused any harm to the marshal, for indeed in their hearts they loved him. In replyto this the marshal said, " It mav he true that the king is merciful, but he is led away hy the advice of those men, by whom we feel ourselves seriously wronged. That the king is to be believed is evident, as far as regards himself, but with regard to his advisers 1 have this to say, namely, that no promise made to me as yet has ever been kept. What his advisers say about never having caused harm to me is false ; for they bave brought all my troubles on me, and to them 1 chiefly impute them all. Nor can I believe them when they say that they love me until I see them acting differently to what I have always seen ; for they have violated several corporal oaths, namely with respect to the earl of Kent, to whom they all made three several oaths, which they paid no heed to, and broke, as well concerning the terms provided by the aforesaid carl, with regard to which they in like manner perjured themselves, as in the oath concerning the liberties contained in the great charter, which they also broke, and for which they were excommunicated as perjurers. They also perjured themselves with respect to the good counsel they swore they woidd give to the king, for they always advised him contrary to justice. Stephen Seagravc loo, who had sworn to olisene just laws, was now corrupting them and introducing laws long out of use ; for many other reasons too. neither he nor bis accomplices were worthy of being trusted by (tod or man, for was he not, and were they not, excommunicated ? " The next argument against the marshal urged by the king's advisers was, that he had attacked the person of his lord the king at (irosinunt before the king had entered his territory, and therefore had offered an injury to him. wherefore it was his duty to give himsell up to the king's merry as above mentioned, in order to do honour to him, and give no pretext to others for making an insurrection against him. To this the marshal replied that, as far as regarded him personally, it was false that he was present at that attack ; and if any of his retainers had by chance been present there, they only attacked the king's attendants and not his royal person. " And if they did so," said he, " it was not to be wondered at, when the king came into my territory with bis army to attack me and injure me in every way ; and this is plainly proved by the letters by which be summoned all throughout Kngland to assist in destroying me. Anil since the above offences imputed tome arc false, and it is true that the king behaved worse to me at the tune I was looking for

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