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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.I). 1196.] IMl'IitSONMKNT OF IICOII DE ίΊΪΛΤ,'ΜΟΝΤ. 147 Of the capture of Hugh de Chaumoni. In the same year a battle was fought between the followers of the French and English kings, hi which li tigli de Chiiumoiit, a great friend of the former monarch, wan taken prisoner, and brought before the king of the English, who gave him into the custody of Robert 1c Kos; that knight delivered him to the care of William d'Epinay, an attendant of his, owing to whose treachery he escaped, for he obtained the poorer classes. Wherefore William Fitz-Robert, eurnamed ' with the heard,' because his ancestors in linger against the Normans never hliaved, made opposition to the same, and called the mayors of the city trai torà to our lord the Ling for the cause above-named; and the disturbances were so great in the city that recourse was had to arms. William stirred up a large number of the middle and lower classes against the mayors and aldermen, but by their pusillanimity and cowardice the plans of William's confederates in resisting the injury done them were dissipated and defeated: the middle and lower élusses were repressed, and the king, his ministers, and the chief men of the city, charged the whole crime on William. As the king's party were about to arrest him, he, lcing α distinguished character in the city, tall of stature and of great personal strength, escaped, notwithstanding their exertions, defending himself with nothing but a knife, and flying into the church of St. Alary of the Arches, demanded the protection of our bord, St. Mary and her church, saying that he had resisted an unjust decree for no other purpose than that nil might bear an equal share of the publie burden, ami contribute according to their means, lbs expostulations, however, were not listened to, the majority prevailed, and the archbishop, to the surprise of many, ordered that be should be dragged from the church to take his trial, because he had created a sedition and made such a disturbance among the people of the city. When this was told to William, he took refuge in the tower of the church, for be knew that the mayors, whom he had contradicted, sought to takeaway his life. In their obstinacy they applied fire, and sacrilegiously burnt down great part of the church. Thus William was forced to leave the tower, almost suffocated with the heat and smoke. Ile was then seized, dragged out of the church, stripped, ami, with his hands tied behind his hack, conveyed away to the tower of London. Soon after, at the instigation of the archbishop, the principal citizens, mid the king's ministers, he was taken from the Tower, and dragged, tied to a horse's tail, through the middle of London to Timet, a pitiable sight to the citizens and to Ins own respectable relations in the city: after which he was hung in chains on a gallows. Thus William of the Heard was shamefully put lo death by his fellow citizens for asserting the truth and defending the cause of the poor : and if the justice of ones cause constitutes a martyr, wc may surely set It an down as tuie. Willi him also were banged nine of his neighbours or of his family, who espoused hie eause. The same year, John dean of Rouen, «as made bishop of Worcester, and consecrated by the archbishop of Canterbury on the 30Ui of October."—M . Pari-i. I-2

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