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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.1


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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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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A.D. 1103.] CONQUESTS OF BALDWIN. 455 destitute of everything, at Tarsus in Cilicia, where Hugh the Great died, and was buried in the church of the apostle of the Gentiles. They then proceeded to Antioch, and from thence, making all haste towards Jerusalem, they reached Tortosa, which, after a blockade of a few days, they took, and either slew or reduced to perpetual slavery all its inhabitants. How the king of Jerusalem subdued three cities. About this time a large Genoese fleet arrived at Joppa, and went up at the Easter festival to Jerusalem. With their help king Baldwin besieged and took the maritime town of Assur, and, having left a garrison iii it, marched to Cassarea, which he took with much difficulty, slew the inhabitants, and divided an immense spoil among his men. In one part of the city wae a temple of the gods, to which the people had fled for safety ; but it was broken into, and so great was the slaughter of those who were inside, that it was horrible to set eyes on. In that house of prayer was found a vessel of a green colour, in the form of a dish ; the Genoese, taking it for emerald, took it as an equivalent for a large sum of money, and gave it as a precious offering to their own church. The governor of the city, who is called the emir, and the chief justice, called the cadi, were summoned into the king's presence, and thrown into irons, to extort from them the greatest possible ransom. The king then appointed to be archbishop of the city one Baldwin, who had come over with duke Godfrey, and so, leaving a military garrison in charge of the city, he marched in haste to Ramula. At that time the caliph of Egypt sent the commander-in-chief of his army against king Baldwin, with eleven thousand cavalry and twenty thousand infantry, commanding him to drive out the beggarly Christian people from his dominions, as they expressed it. But king Baldwin went out fearlessly to meet them, with two hundred knights and nine hundred foot, and, calling on God to help them, rushed upon the foe, put them to flight, and followed them as far as Ascalon, slaying them by numbers for eight miles, and that night they encamped victorious on the field of battle. Five thousand of the enemy were slain, and on our side seventy knights, and rather more than that number of foot; but it

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