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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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Λ.ΐ). 12Η.] COIÎONATION OF 1IF.NKÏ 111. them.* Sonic olid has composed Ids epitaph and an inscription for his tctnh lu the following lines: Hoc in sarcophago sopclitur regis imago, Qui niurieus multimi sedavit in orbe tumultuili. 11une mala post mortem timor est ne fata sequnntur. Qui Iciiis Iwec, metucrs «limi eernis te moriturum, Discute quid rerum pariât libi meta dicruin. King John reigned eighteen years five months and lour days. f Of the coronation of Henry the Third, king of England, and of the occurrences in his reign. After the death of king John, on the eve. of the day of the apostles Simon and Judc, an assembly was convened at Gloucester in the presence of Walo, the legate of the apostolic see, at which there were present, Peter bishop of Winchester, and Silvester bishop of Worcester, Ralph carl of Chester, William Marshall the earl of Pembroke, William earl of Ferrers, John Marshall, and J'hilip d'Albiney, with abbats, priors, and a great number of others, to arrange for the coronation of Henry the eldest son of king John. On the day following all preparations for the coronation having been made, the legate, in company with the bishops " The of the canons of O'roxtmi, a man well skilled in medicine, who was tile king's physician at that time, opened the king's bodv that it jnight lie better carried to the grave, and having well salted his entrails bad them carried to his abbey and honourably buried there. King John reigned eighteen years five months and five days, during which time he caused many disturbances and entered on many useless labours in the world, and ut length departed this life in great agony of mind, possessed of no territory, yea not even being bis own master. It is, however, to be confidently hoped that some good works, which he performed in this life, may plead in bis favour at the tribunal of Jesus Christ ; for he founded a monastery of the Cistercian order at Beaulieu, and, when dying, gave to the monastery of Croxton land worth ten pounds. f Λ profane rhymer thus says of him, " With John's foul deeds England's whole realm is stinking, A s doth hell, too, wherein lie now is sinking." Uttt because it is dangerous to write against him who can so ensilv proserin a man, it is not my business because it is not safe, to blame his endless reprehensible faults, as says the poet Juvenal, " I'll aim my shafts of satire at the dead."

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