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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.


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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 151

feast of Saint James the Apostle, being the sixth day of the week, Robert de Sabul, Richard de Camville, and William de Forts de Oleron left the port of Lisbon with the fleet of the king of England, and passed by a great mountain which projects into the sea, and is called Espichel, as also the port of Dalchatht,62 and Palmella, and Sinnes, formerly a sandy tract of land extending into the sea ; they then passed the port of Deordunite, and then a great and lofty mountain which extends into the sea, and is called Cape Saint Vincent ; on which the body of Saint Vincent lay many ages entombed, until it was transferred to the city of Lisbon. After this, they passed the port of Silva, which at that time was the most remote city of the Christians in those parts of Spain. They next passed a city of the pagans, which is called Santa Maria de Hayrun; and it is worthy of remark why this city is called Santa Maria de Hayrun. Hayrun is the name of the place in which the city was founded, while the Christians who built it gave it the other name, and, in memory of Mary, the blessed Mother of God, they placed a stone image of her on the walls. After this, when the pagans prevailed over the Christians, they gained possession of this place, and, on finding the image standing upon the walls, they cut off its head, feet, and arms, in contempt of the faith of Christ and of Saint Mary, and threw it at a distance into the sea. On this being done, the sea and land became unproductive, and famine prevailed in that land to such a degree, that nearly every thing, men and animals, died of hunger ; upon which, all the elders of the people, and the youths, from the highest to the lowest, weeping day and night, and doing penance in sackcloth and ashes, recalled to mind the image whose head, hands, and feet they had cut off, and said : " We have sinned, we have acted unrighteously, we have done iniquitously inasmuch as we have cut off that head, and those hands and feet. For what evil had they done? Let'us, therefore, seek them, and let us put them in their places, that thus, at least, God may turn away His wrath from us, and from this city." Thus saying, they threw their nets into the sea, where they had thrown the head, and hands, and feet of the image, and, drawing them upon land in their nets, they placed the head on the neck, the hands 6 2 It is hardly necessary to say, that many of the places here mentioned cannot be recognized, as being no longer in existence, even if the names were correctly given in the text, which is far from being the case.

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