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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


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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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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454 MATTHEW 07 WESTMINISTER. A.D. 1272. Richard, king of Germany, and brother of the king of England, died in the month of February, and was buried in the monastery of Hayles, of which he was the patron and founder. Of the death of king Henry the Third. A.D . 1272. That devout worshipper of God, the illustrious king of England, Henry the Third, son of king John, departed this life on the sixteenth of November, after he had reigned fifty-six years and twenty days, and in the sixty-fifth year of his age. And on the twentieth day of the same month, on the day, that is, of the glorious king and martyr, Edmund, he was worthily buried in front of the great altar in the church of Westminster, which he had caused to be renewed at his own expense, against the wishes of the Templars, who claimed the king's body as belonging to them. How great was this king's innocence, how great his patience, how great his devotion to the service of his Saviour, the Lord knows, and they, too, who faithfully adhered to him. And moreover, how great his deserts in this life were in the eyes of God, is abundantly testified by the miracles which happened after his death. Accordingly, when the king had been buried as it is the custom for kings to be buried, Gilbert, earl of Gloucester, and John, earl of Warrenne, and all the clergy and laity, proceeded without delay to the great altar of the church aforesaid, and there swore fealty to Edward, the eldest son of the late king, though they were wholly ignorant whether he was alive, for he was in distant countries beyond the sea, warring against the adversaries of Christ. And after this, the nobles of the kingdom assembled in like manner at the New Temple of London. And having had a new seal made, they appointed faithful ministers and guardians to protect faithfully the treasure of the king and the peace of the kingdom. And in this way the peace of the new king Edward was proclaimed throughout all the territories of the kingdom. This year the burning1 of the church of Norwich took place. The same year, William de Brunham resigned the priory of Norwich, and was succeeded by William de Kirkby. ι I need hardly remark that our chronicler has already said that it happened in the preceding year. This is not the only instance of each repetitions. I have already remarked, that he appears to begin the year at Advent, rather than the following January

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