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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.


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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
page 238

A.D. 1130. ΒΓΕΙ AL Of KIXG ΠΕΧΚΥ. 227 eyes were buried ; but the remainder of his body being cut asunder with knives in every part, and then sprinkled with a quantity of salt, was wrapped up and sewed in bull's hides, to avoid the offensiveness of the smell, which being strong and continued, was overpowering to those who stood near it. In consequence of this, even the person who, in consideration of a large sum, had opened the head with a hatchet for the purpose of extracting the brain, which was in a most corrupt state, although he had wrapped up his own head in napkins, still met with Ids death therefrom, and had poor reason for rejoicing at his bargain. He was the last of the many slain by king Henry. His attendants then conveyed the royal corpse to Caen, where, while it was lying in the church in whieh his father had been buried, it was steeped in a quantity of salt and wrapped up in numerous hides, still a black and disgusting liquid matter coming through the hides oozed forth therefrom, and being caught in vessels placed beneath the bier, was carried away by the servants fainting with disgust. See, therefore, reader, whoever thou art, how the body of a most potent king, whose head had been decked with a crown, gold, and the choicest gems, with splendour almost divine, whose two hands had been radiant with sceptres, the rest of whose person had glittered all over with tissue of gold, whose mouth used to be supplied with food so exquisite and delicious, before whom all were wont to arise, whom all had dreaded, all congratulated, all admired See, I say, to what that body was reduced ; how horribly it was put out of sight, how shockingly thrust aside! Behold the result of human affairs, upon which the judgment ever depends, and learn to have a contempt for all that thus terminates, all that is thus reduced tOj annihilation. At last, the remains of the royal corpse were brought to England, and were, in twelve days after, on his birth-day,83 buried at the abbey of Reading, which the same king Henry had founded and enriched with many possessions. Thither, also, came king Stephen from his court, which, at the feast of the Nativity, he had been holding in London, to meet the body of his uncle ; and with him, William, archbishop of Canter- 83 "Natalia" here, is probably a misprint for "Natali." Roger of Wendover says that he was buried on his birth-day. Q. 2

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