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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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How Henry the future king crossed over into Normandy. A.D. 1146. Henry, son of the duke of Anjou and of the empress Matilda, crossed over to Bee in Normandy, where he was honourably entertained by the convent. In the same year William de St. Barbara, dean of York, became bishop of Durham. Geoffrey, also, of venerable memory, abbat of St. Alban's, proto-martyr of the English, died this year, after he had governed that monastery in a most laudable manner for six and twenty years. The church was deprived of a pastor from the 25th of February to the rogations following, when the monks elected Ralph Gubby, a monk of their own church, as well as a learned and good man. When the election was made, king Stephen came to St. Alban's on Ascension day, and willingly gave his consent that the aforesaid Ralph should be made abbat. The same year died Ascelin bishop of Rochester, Roger of Chester, and Robert of Hereford ; to Ascelin succeeded Walter archdeacon of Canterbury ; to Roger, Walter prior of Dover ; and to Robert, Gilbert abbat of Gloucester. The same year, Henry, a Cistertian monk, succeeded to Thurstan in the archiépiscopal see of York. About the same time, a comet appeared during many days in the west, illuminating the sky around to a great distance with its rays. Of the discord which arose between pope Eugenius and the French king. The same year pope Eugenius, coming to Paris, consecrated one Peter, nephew to Aimeric chancellor of the Roman see, to be archbishop of Bourges, against the will of Louis king of France. The king, greatly indignant at this offence to his dignity, swore on the sacred relics, in the presence of many witnesses, that the aforesaid archbishop should not enter the city of Bourges, as long as he himself should be alive. For this the king's person was three years under an interdict : wherever he went, into city, town, or castle, the celebration of divine service was suspended therein. At length, by the persuasion of Bernard abbat of Clairvaux, the heart of the king was changed : he received the archbishop, and to atone for his own perjury, promised that hs would go on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. For this purpose there was a general exaction levied throughout Gaul : neither sex, rank, nor dignity, was spared or excused

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