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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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A.n. 1174.] PENITENCE OF KING ΙΙΡ.ΝΙΙΎ. 2ί) country!" When lie liuti finished this prayer, he set sail that same day, and alter a lair passage reached Southampton in safety, lie then fasted on bread and water, and would not enter any city, until he had fulfilled the vow which he had made in his mind to pray at the tomb of St. Thomas archbishop of Canterbury and glorious martyr. When he came near Canterbury, he dismounted from his horse, and laying aside all the emblems of royalty, with naked feet, and in the form of a penitent and supplicating pilgrim, arrived at the cathedral on Friday the 13th of June, and like Ilezekiah, witli tears and sighs, sought the tomb of the glorious martyr, where, prostrate on the floor, and with his hands stretched to heaven, he continued long in prayer. Meanwhile the bishop of London was commanded by tinking to declare, in a sermon addressed to the people, that he had neither commanded, nor wished, nor by any device contrived the death of the martyr, which had been perpetrated in consequence of his murderers having misinterpreted the words which the king had hastily pronounced: wherefore he requested absolution from the bishops present, and baring his back, received from three to five lashes from every one of the numerous body of ecclesiastics who were there assembled.* The king then resumed his garments, and made costly offerings to the martyr; assigning forty pounds yearly for candles to be burned round his tomb: the remainder of the day and the following night wen! spent in grief and bitterness ol mind. For three days the king took no sustenance, giving himself up to prayer, vigils, and fasting: by which means the favour of the blessed martyr was secured, and, on the vers Saturday on which IK; prayed that indulgence might be shown him, God delivered into his hands William king of Scots, who was forthwith confined in Richmond castle. On that same day, also, the ships which the young king his son had assembled in order to invade England, were dispersed by the weather and almost lost, and the young king was driven back to the coast of France. The capture of William the king of Scattanti, The mode in which the Scottish king became a prisoner. * It may lie wifely presameli that the l.-shes nilmiristered i re_\a] shoulders on this oceasVr vere nut laid on with li.e soient* of i|-, e law.

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