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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 593



592 ROGER OF WENDOVER. [Λ.Ο. 12:JI. person was so beautiful that nature seemed to have striven with the virtues in its composition. Of the revenge taken by the exiled nobles on the king's advisers. It was not yet known in England what had occurred to the marshal in Ireland, but when it did become known, Richard Seward and some others of the exiled nobles sought revenge on the king's advisers by whose means they had been proscribed, and on the fourth day in Easter week, they burned some buildings at Swainbourn belonging to Robert Passelewe, together with the crops, cattle, and other property found there, and caused great loss to him ; and a few days afterwards on the 2Gth day of April they burned some barns near the town of Staines, belonging to the said Hobert, with the crops and other property found there. Again, on the 2nd of May, they seized on six baggage-horses laden, belonging to Stephen de Segra ve, besides a valuable riding horse, but whatever belonged to the king they let go in peace; on the 12th of May they burned Ivinghoe. a village belonging to Peter bishop of Winchester, together with the houses and all other property, to the great loss of the bishop. In this same year the Irish nobles took possession of the marshal's castles and rights in Ireland, which had been granted to them by the king's warrant, and divided them amongst themselves. Ifotv alt the proscribed nobles came and made price irith the king. About the same time, soon after Easter, the king went to Gloucester for the purpose of meeting the archbishop and bishops, whom he had sent into Wales, as above related, and en reaching his manor of Woodstock be passed the night there. At this place messengers came to him from Ireland bringing news of the marshal's death, at which to the astonishment of all present be burst into lamentations for the death of such a distinguished knight, declaring that when lie died be bad not left his equal in the kingdom ; then, at once summoning the presbyters of his chapel, he ordered a solemn funeral service to be chanted for bis soul, and on the next day, after attending mass, he bestowed a large amount in alms on the poor. Blessed indeed must such a king be, who could love bis enemies, and pray to God with tears for bis persecutors. Starting then from Woodstock, he arrived at Gloucester, where he was met by Edmund, archbishop of Canterbury, and the bishops who bad accompanied him on bis mission to Llewellyn ; these messengers told the king that they had arranged a peace with Llewellyn on condition that, before every other consideration, the exiled nobles with whom he. Llewellyn, was allied, and who had lieen proscribed owing to the evil counsels of his advisers, should be at once received again into the king's favour ; and when this was fulfilled tin1 peace would be fully ratilied. The king then, who longed for peace by any imans, issued letteis, summoning all the proscribed nobles to meet him at a council at


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