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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
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(if the marriaye of the emperor an/1 empress at Worms. At the time of the empress's arrival at Cologne, the emperor was engaged in a war against his son who had rebelled against him ; his father, however, led such a large army against him that he laid siege to ten of his castles at one and the same time; in one of the strongest of these the son had shut himself; hut on his father's laying siege to it, he, dreading his father's severity, left the castle, and throwing himself at his feet legged his mercy. The latter however, without pity, ordered him to he enchained* and took him away with hiin to Worms, from which place he sent word to the empress to come to him there, she having then been six weeks at Cologne. The archbishop of Cologne and the bishop of Kxetor. with the other nobles of her suite then at once set out on their way to the emperor, and, after a journey of seven days brought the empress to him amidst all kind of nuptial pomp and rejoicing. She was received on her arrival by the emperor with joy and respect, who was beyond measure delighted with her beauty, and the marriage was solemnized at that place on Sunday the -Hth of July, and although her beauty pleased the emperor at lirst sight he was much more pleased after marriage. After the nuptial festivities had been continued for four successive days, the bishop of Exeter and the rest who had attended the empress thither, obtained leave from the emperor and returned joyfully to Kngland, taking with them as presents from Iti in to the English king, three leopards with other costly presents which were scarce in the countries of the west, the emperor also promised to assist him against the king of the French. Of the nobility of ttie extraction of this empress. There were many however in the Roman empire who thought that it was degrading for the emperor, wdio was so powerful and rich, and who was as it were the lord and governor of the whole world, to marry the sister of an English king. Rut as it is known to all that there is greater dignity in being of a noble race than in being rich, the reader ought to know that the father of this empress was John king of England ; that the then reigning king Henry was her brother ; that the illustrious kings Henry and Richard, and Ocoll'rcy count of Brittany, were her uncles. These kings of renowned race ruled in England and Ireland, whence they were kings; in Normandy and Aquitaine, by which they were * Paris here adds, " When lie was released from prison, and the restraint of reverence for the emperor was somewhat removed, the son is said to have procured poison to give to lus father; but being accused of this intended crime, he was placed in closer confinement, and consigned to the custody of a certain duke, who bore him imperishable hatred, because king Henry hail used all his endeavours to disinherit him; but now, fortune having changed, the king was consigned to the pleasure of the duke. The emperoriherjrfjjire,sçiit fyt^Oic f^ilpjess JOjConii^ty.hini at Wofms,-^


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