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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.2


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.2
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ROGER OK WENDOVER. [Λ. η.1174, having been restored to those parts, Henry was obliged to return to Normandy; for Philip count of Flanders, in the presence of Louis king of France and the nobles of that kingdom, had sworn on the holy Gospels, that within fifteen days after the approaching feast of St. John, he would invade England in force, and reduce it under subjection to the young king. Elated by this prospect young Henry came to Witsand on the 14th of July, with the intention of sending over Ralph de la Haie with an army to England: the earl of Flanders sent forwards three hundred and eighteen veteran knights to be transported over also, who, soon after they landed at Arwell,* on the 10th of June, immediately joined Hugh Pigod the earl. Proceeding at once to Norwich they took that city on the 28th of June and obtained there a large booty, besides compelling many captives, whom they took there, to pay a large sum of money for their ransom. The king's justiciary seeing this, by common consent sent Richard bishop elect of Winchester, to inform the king of the dangers which threatened Ei.gland. The. bishop, crossing without delay into Normandy, laid before the king a faithful account of all that was going on in England. Ifow the king, returning to England, paid a risii to the tomb of St. Thomas, to pray there. The king received the bishop with due respect, and immediately prepared to cross over into England, taking with him queen Eleanor, queen Margaret, his son John, and his daughter Joanna, lie also sent forward the earl and countess of Leicester with other prisoners, to Parbeflcuve, where he went on board ship with a large army, but the wind proving unfavourable, the seamen were afraid to venture out that day. The king, perceiving that the sea was rough, raised his eyes to heaven, and uttered these words in the presence of all his people: ''If my intentions are directed to maintain peace both for my clergy and people, if the King of heaven has decreed to restore tranquillity in my kingdom when I arrive there, may he then grant that 1 may reach the shore in safety : but if his anger is roused, and he has decreed to visit the kingdom of England with the rod of his fury, may he never suffer me to reach the shores of that * Near Harwich,

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