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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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at the gate, so that nothing was legible bat these two words, Second Rome. Bat when the court was being held there, the men of the city scraped oh? the dust, and found the following inscription: " Traveller, who pass beneath this stone, , And o'er this threshold tread, Say, * Second Rome, farewell,' and own Here the Imperial head/' But these verses had been inscribed a thousand years before. But the Roman senators sent a message to the pope, requesting him to come to Rome and hold his court there, as the supreme pontiffs his predecessors had done. But the pope would not grant their requests, but said that he would send some one thither who should do all that they required, acting as his vicegerent. In this year, there was such a burning heat, and such a blight and drought throughout the summer, that the hay failed in most parts of the country, and the beasts of the field died for want, and a double heat (both while the sun was in Libra as well as while he was in Leo) oppressed mankind. The consequence was, that small-pox and disease prostrated both children and young men, and rich and poor, and they were also afflicted with freckles and spots; and a great many young men and maidens died of the small-pox. And there followed after this a winter of extreme cold, oppressing mankind much, the frost, and snow, and ice lasting from the fifteenth of December to the twenty-fifth of January ; and the fish died in the ponds, the birds in the woods, and the* cattle in the fields. And many of the birds of heaven were so wasted away, that they were caught without any net or snare by the hand of man, hke domestic birds. But this terrible frost was put an end to by a breeze of the south wind, which lasted three days. And when men thought that the winter was past, again the sky was collected into clouds, and the east wind set in and lasted, and the frost returned, and lasted from the thirteenth of February to the same day in April. About the time of the feast of the Purification of the blessed Mary, some robbers having discovered the place of the treasury of a certain knight, which was laid up in the church of the Carmelites in London, by the connivance of a certain Judas among the brethren, came thither and carried off four hundred pounds of silver. And having, in a most atrocious manner, bound the hands of the prior and all the brothers, and

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