The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Part 13: A.D. 1102 - 1123
A.D. 1102. In this year at the Nativity was the King Henry at Westminster, and at Easter in Winchester. And soon thereafter
arose a dissention between the king and the Earl Robert of Belesme, who held in this land the earldom of Shrewsbury, that
his father, Earl Roger, had before, and much territory therewith both on this side and beyond the sea. And the king went and
beset the castle at Arundel; but when he could not easily win
it, he allowed men to make castles before it, and filled them with his men; and afterwards with all his army he went to
Bridgenorth, and there continued until he had the castle, and deprived the Earl Robert of his land, and stripped him of all that he had in
England. And the earl accordingly went over sea, and the army afterwards returned home. Then was the king thereafter by
Michaelmas at Westminster; and all the principal men in this land, clerk, and laity. And the Archbishop Anselm held a synod
of clergy; and there they established many canons that belong
to Christianity. And many, both French and English, were there deprived of their staves and dignity, which they either obtained
with injustice, or enjoyed with dishonour. And in this same year, in the week of the feast of Pentecost, there came thieves,
some from Auvergne, (133) some from France, and some from Flanders, and broke into the minster of Peterborough, and therein
seized much property in gold and in silver; namely, roods, and chalices, and candlesticks.
A.D. 1103. In this year, at midwinter, was the King Henry at Westminster. And soon afterwards departed the Bishop William
Giffard out of this land; because he would not against right accept his hood at the hands of the Archbishop Gerard of York.
And then at Easter held the king his court at Winchester, and afterwards went the Archbishop Anselm from Canterbury to Rome,
as was agreed between him and the king. This year also came the Earl Robert of Normandy to speak with the king in this land; and
ere he departed hence he forgave the King Henry the three thousand marks that he was bound by treaty to give him each year.
In this year also at Hamstead in Berkshire was seen blood [to rise] from the earth. This was a very calamitous year in this
land, through manifold impositions, and through murrain of cattle, and deficiency of produce, not only in corn, but in every
kind of fruit. Also in the morning, upon the mass day of St. Laurence, the wind did so much harm here on land to all fruits,
as no man remembered that ever any did before. In this same year died Matthias, Abbot of Peterborough, who lived no longer than
one year after he was abbot. After Michaelmas, on the twelfth day before the calends of November, he was in full procession
received as abbot; and on the same day of the next year he was dead at Glocester, and there buried.
A.D. 1104. In this year at Christmas held the King Henry his court at Westminster, and at Easter in Winchester, and at
Pentecost again at Westminster. This year was the first day of Pentecost on the nones of June; and on the Tuesday following were
seen four circles at mid-day about the sun, of a white hue, each described under the other as if they were measured. All that
saw it wondered; for they never remembered such before. Afterwards were reconciled the Earl Robert of Normandy and Robert de
Belesme, whom the King Henry had before deprived of his lands, and driven from England; and through their reconciliation the
King of England and the Earl of Normandy became adversaries.
And the king sent his folk over sea into Normandy; and the head-men in that land received them, and with treachery to their lord,
the earl, lodged them in their castles, whence they committed many outrages on the earl in plundering and burning. This year also
William, Earl of Moreton (134) went from this land into Normandy; but after he was gone he acted against the king; because the king
stripped and deprived him of all that he had here in this land. It is not easy to describe the misery of this land, which it was
suffering through various and manifold wrongs and impositions, that never failed nor ceased; and wheresoever the king went,
there was full licence given to his company to harrow and oppress his wretched people; and in the midst thereof happened oftentimes
burnings and manslaughter. All this was done to the displeasure of God, and to the vexation of this unhappy people.
A.D. 1105. In this year, on the Nativity, held the King Henry his court at Windsor; and afterwards in Lent he went over sea
into Normandy against his brother Earl Robert. And whilst he remained there he won of his brother Caen and Baieux; and almost
all the castles and the chief men in that land were subdued.
And afterwards by harvest he returned hither again; and that which
he had won in Normandy remained afterwards in peace and subjection to him; except that which was anywhere near the Earl William of
Moretaine. This he often demanded as strongly as he could for the loss of his land in this country. And then before Christmas
came Robert de Belesme hither to the king. This was a very calamitous year in this land, through loss of fruits, and through
the manifold contributions, that never ceased before the king went over [to Normandy], or while he was there, or after he came
A.D. 1106. In this year was the King Henry on the Nativity at Westminster, and there held his court; and at that season Robert
de Belesme went unreconciled from the king out of his land into Normandy. Hereafter before Lent was the king at Northampton;
and the Earl Robert his brother came thither from Normandy to him; and because the king would not give him back that which he had
taken from him in Normandy, they parted in hostility; and the earl soon went over sea back again. In the first week of Lent,
on the Friday, which was the fourteenth before the calends of March, in the evening appeared an unusual star; and a long time
afterwards was seen every evening shining awhile. The star appeared in the south-west; it was thought little and dark; but
the train of light which stood from it was very bright, and appeared like an immense beam shining north-east; and some
evening this beam was seen as if it were moving itself forwards against the star. Some said that they saw more of such unusual
stars at this time; but we do not write more fully about it, because we saw it not ourselves. On the night preceding the
Lord's Supper, (135) that is, the Thursday before Easter, were seen two moons in the heavens before day, the one in the east,
and the other in the west, both full; and it was the fourteenth day of the moon. At Easter was the king at Bath, and at
Pentecost at Salisbury; because he would not hold his court when he was beyond the sea. After this, and before August, went the
king over sea into Normandy; and almost all that were in that land submitted to his will, except Robert de Belesme and the Earl
of Moretaine, and a few others of the principal persons who yet held with the Earl of Normandy. For this reason the king
afterwards advanced with an army, and beset a castle of the Earl of Moretaine, called Tenerchebrai. (136) Whilst the king beset
the castle, came the Earl Robert of Normandy on Michaelmas eve against the king with his army, and with him Robert of
Belesme, and William, Earl of Moretaine, and all that would be with them; but the strength and the victory were the king's. There was the
Earl of Normandy taken, and the Earl of Moretaine, and Robert
of Stutteville, and afterwards sent to England, and put into custody. Robert of Belesme was there put to flight, and William
Crispin was taken, and many others forthwith. Edgar Etheling, who a little before had gone over from the king to the earl, was
also there taken, whom the king afterwards let go unpunished. Then went the king over all that was in Normandy, and settled
it according to his will and discretion. This year also were heavy and sinful conflicts between the Emperor of Saxony and his son,
and in the midst of these conflicts the father fell, and the son
succeeded to the empire.
A.D. 1107. In this year at Christmas was the King Henry in Normandy; and, having disposed and settled that land to his will,
he afterwards came hither in Lent, and at Easter held his court at Windsor, and at Pentecost in Westminster. And afterwards in
the beginning of August he was again at Westminster, and there gave away and settled the bishoprics and abbacies that either
in England or in Normandy were without elders and pastors. Of these there were so many, that there was no man who remembered that
ever so many together were given away before. And on this same occasion, among the others who accepted abbacies,
Ernulf, who before was prior at Canterbury, succeeded to the abbacy in Peterborough. This was nearly about seven years after the King
Henry undertook the kingdom, and the one and fortieth year since the Franks governed this land. Many said that they saw sundry
tokens in the moon this year, and its orb increasing and decreasing contrary to nature. This year died Maurice, Bishop
of London, and Robert, Abbot of St. Edmund's bury, and Richard, Abbot of Ely. This year also died the King Edgar in Scotland,
on the ides of January, and Alexander his brother succeeded to the kingdom, as the King Henry granted him.
A.D. 1108. In this year was the King Henry on the Nativity at Westminster, and at Easter at Winchester, and by Pentecost at
Westminster again. After this, before August, he went into Normandy. And Philip, the King of France, died on the nones of
August, and his son Louis succeeded to the kingdom. And there were afterwards many struggles between the King of France and
the King of England, while the latter remained in Normandy. In this year also died the Archbishop Girard of York, before Pentecost,
and Thomas was afterwards appointed thereto.
A.D. 1109. In this year was the King Henry at Christmas and at Easter in Normandy; and before Pentecost he came to this land,
and held his court at Westminster. There were the conditions fully settled, and the oaths sworn, for giving his daughter (137)
to the emperor. (138) This year were very frequent storms of thunder, and very tremendous; and the Archbishop Anselm of
Canterbury died on the eleventh day before the calends of April; and the first day of Easter was on "Litania major".
A.D. 1110. In this year held the King Henry his court at Christmas in Westminster, and at Easter he was at Marlborough,
and at Pentecost he held his court for the first time in New Windsor. This year before Lent the king sent his daughter with
manifold treasures over sea, and gave her to the emperor. On
the fifth night in the month of May appeared the moon shining bright in the evening, and afterwards by little and little its light
diminished, so that, as soon as night came, (139) it was so completely extinguished withal, that neither light, nor orb, nor
anything at all of it was seen. And so it continued nearly until day, and then appeared shining full and bright. It was this same
day a fortnight old. All the night was the firmament very clear, and the stars over all the heavens shining very bright. And the
fruits of the trees were this night sorely nipt by frost. Afterwards, in the month of June, appeared a star north-east,
and its train stood before it towards the south-west. Thus was it seen many nights; and as the night advanced, when it rose higher,
it was seen going backward toward the north-west. This year were deprived of their lands Philip of Braiose, and William Mallet,
and William Bainard. This year also died Earl Elias, who held Maine in fee-tail (140) of King Henry; and after his death the
Earl of Anjou succeeded to it, and held it against the king. This was a very calamitous year in this land, through the
contributions which the king received for his daughter's portion, and through the badness of the weather, by which the fruits of
the earth were very much marred, and the produce of the trees over all this land almost entirely perished. This year men began
first to work at the new minster at Chertsey.
A.D. 1111. This year the King Henry bare not his crown at Christmas, nor at Easter, nor at Pentecost. And in August he
went over sea into Normandy, on account of the broils that some had with him by the confines of France, and chiefly on account
of the Earl of Anjou, who held Maine against him. And after he came over thither, many conspiracies, and burnings, and harrowings,
did they between them. In this year died the Earl Robert of Flanders, and his son Baldwin succeeded thereto. (141) This year
was the winter very long, and the season heavy and severe; and through that were the fruits of the earth sorely marred, and
there was the greatest murrain of cattle that any man could remember.
A.D. 1112. All this year remained the King Henry in Normandy
on account of the broils that he had with France, and with the Earl of Anjou, who held Maine against him. And whilst he was there,
he deprived of their lands the Earl of Evreux, and William Crispin, and drove them out of Normandy. To Philip of Braiose
he restored his land, who had been before deprived of it; and Robert of Belesme he suffered to be seized, and put into prison. This
was a very good year, and very fruitful, in wood and in field; but it was a very heavy time and sorrowful, through a severe
mortality amongst men.
A.D. 1113. In this year was the King Henry on the Nativity and at Easter and at Pentecost in Normandy. And after that, in the
summer, he sent hither Robert of Belesme into the castle at Wareham, and himself soon (142) afterwards came hither to this
A.D. 1114. In this year held the King Henry his court on the Nativity at Windsor, and held no other court afterwards during
the year. And at midsummer he went with an army into Wales; and the Welsh came and made peace with the king. And he let men
build castles therein. And thereafter, in September, he went over sea into Normandy. This year, in the latter end of May,
was seen an uncommon star with a long train, shining many nights.
In this year also was so great an ebb of the tide everywhere in one day, as no man remembered before; so that men went riding and
walking over the Thames eastward of London bridge. This year were very violent winds in the month of October; but it was
immoderately rough in the night of the octave of St. Martin; and that was everywhere manifest both in town and country. In this
year also the king gave the archbishopric of Canterbury to Ralph, who was before Bishop of Rochester; and Thomas, Archbishop of
York, died; and Turstein succeeded thereto, who was before the king's chaplain. About this same time went the king toward the
sea, and was desirous of going over, but the weather prevented him; then meanwhile sent he his writ after the Abbot Ernulf of
Peterborough, and bade that he should come to him quickly, for that he wished to speak with him on an interesting subject. When
he came to him, he appointed him to the bishopric of Rochester; and the archbishops and bishops and all the nobility that were
in England coincided with the king. And he long withstood, but it availed nothing. And the king bade the archbishop that he should
lead him to Canterbury, and consecrate him bishop whether he would or not. (143) This was done in the town called Bourne
(144) on the seventeenth day before the calends of October. When the monks of Peterborough heard of this, they felt greater sorrow
than they had ever experienced before; because he was a very good and amiable man, and did much good within and without whilst he
abode there. God Almighty abide ever with him. Soon after this gave the king the abbacy to a monk of Sieyes, whose name was
John, through the intreaty of the Archbishop of Canterbury. And soon after this the king and the Archbishop of Canterbury sent
him to Rome after the archbishop's pall; and a monk also with him, whose name was Warner, and the Archdeacon John, the nephew
of the archbishop. And they sped well there. This was done on the seventh day before the calends Of October, in the town that
is yclept Rowner. And this same day went the king on board ship at Portsmouth.
A.D. 1115. This year was the King Henry on the Nativity in Normandy. And whilst he was there, he contrived that all the
head men in Normandy did homage and fealty to his son William, whom he had by his queen. And after this, in the month of July,
he returned to this land. This year was the winter so severe, with snow and with frost, that no man who was then living ever
remembered one more severe; in consequence of which there was great destruction of cattle. During this year the Pope Paschalis
sent the pall into this land to Ralph, Archbishop of Canterbury; and he received it with great worship at his archiepiscopal stall
in Canterbury. It was brought hither from Rome by Abbot Anselm, who was the nephew of Archbishop Anselm, and the Abbot John of
A.D. 1116. In this year was the King Henry on the Nativity at St. Alban's, where he permitted the consecration of that
monastery; and at Easter he was at Odiham. And there was also this year a very heavy-timed winter, strong and long, for cattle
and for all things. And the king soon after Easter went over
sea into Normandy. And there were many conspiracies and robberies, and castles taken betwixt France and Normandy. Most of this
disturbance was because the King Henry assisted his nephew, Theobald de Blois, who was engaged in a war against his lord,
Louis, the King of France. This was a very vexatious and destructive year with respect to the fruits of the earth, through
the immoderate rains that fell soon after the beginning of August, harassing and perplexing men till Candlemas-day. This
year also was so deficient in mast, that there was never heard such in all this land or in Wales. This land and nation were
also this year oft and sorely swincked by the guilds which the king took both within the boroughs and without. In this same
year was consumed by fire the whole monastery of Peterborough, and all the buildings, except the chapter-house and the
dormitory, and therewith also all the greater part of the town. All this happened on a Friday, which was the second day before
the nones of August.
A.D. 1117. All this year remained the King Henry, in Normandy, on account of the hostility of the King of France and his other
neighbours. And in the summer came the King of France and the Earl of Flanders with him with an army into Normandy. And having
stayed therein one night, they returned again in the morning without fighting. But Normandy was very much afflicted both by
the exactions and by the armies which the King Henry collected against them. This nation also was severely oppressed through
the same means, namely, through manifold exactions. This year also, in the night of the calends of December, were immoderate
storms with thunder, and lightning, and rain, and hail. And in the night of the third day before the ides of December was the
moon, during a long time of the night, as if covered with blood, and afterwards eclipsed. Also in the night of the seventeenth
day before the calends of January, was the heaven seen very red, as if it were burning. And on the octave of St. John the
Evangelist was the great earthquake in Lombardy; from the shock of which many minsters, and towers, and houses fell, and did much
harm to men. This was a very blighted year in corn, through the rains that scarcely ceased for nearly all the year. And the
Abbot Gilbert of Westminster died on the eighth day before the ides of December; and Faritz, Abbot of Abingdon, on the seventh
day before the calends of March. And in this same year....
A.D. 1118. All this year abode the King Henry in Normandy on account of the war of the King of France and the Earl of Anjou,
and the Earl of Flanders. And the Earl of Flanders was wounded in Normandy, and went so wounded into Flanders. By this war was
the king much exhausted, and he was a great loser both in land and money. And his own men grieved him most, who often from him
turned, and betrayed him; and going over to his foes surrendered to them their castles, to the injury and disappointment of the
king. All this England dearly bought through the manifold guilds that all this year abated not. This year, in the week of the
Epiphany, there was one evening a great deal of lightning, and thereafter unusual thunder. And the Queen Matilda died at
Westminster on the calends of May; and there was buried. And
the Earl Robert of Mellent died also this year. In this year also, on the feast of St. Thomas, was so very immoderately violent a
wind, that no man who was then living ever remembered any greater; and that was everywhere seen both in houses and also
in trees. This year also died Pope Paschalis; and John of Gaeta succeeded to the popedom, whose other name was Gelasius.
A.D. 1119. All this year continued the King Henry in Normandy; and he was greatly perplexed by the hostility of the King of
France, and also of his own men, who with treachery deserted from him, and oft readily betrayed him; until the two kings came
together in Normandy with their forces. There was the King of France put to flight, and all his best men taken. And afterwards
many of King Henry's men returned to him, and accorded with him, who were before, with their castellans, against him. And some
of the castles he took by main strength. This year went William, the son of King Henry and Queen Matilda, into Normandy to his
father, and there was given to him, and wedded to wife, the daughter of the Earl of Anjou. On the eve of the mass of St.
Michael was much earth-heaving in some places in this land; though most of all in Glocestershire and in Worcestershire. In
this same year died the Pope Gelasius, on this side of the Alps, and was buried at Clugny. And after him the Archbishop of Vienna
was chosen pope, whose name was Calixtus. He afterwards, on the festival of St. Luke the Evangelist, came into France to Rheims,
and there held a council. And the Archbishop Turstin of York went thither; and, because that he against right, and against
the archiepiscopal stall in Canterbury, and against the king's will, received his hood at the hands of the pope, the king interdicted
him from all return to England. And thus he lost his archbishopric, and with the pope went towards Rome. In this year
also died the Earl Baldwin of Flanders of the wounds that he received in Normandy. And after him succeeded to the earldom
Charles, the son of his uncle by the father's side, who was son of Cnute, the holy King of Denmark.
A.D. 1120. This year were reconciled the King of England and
the King of France; and after their reconciliation all the King Henry's own men accorded with him in Normandy, as well as the
Earl of Flanders and the Earl of Ponthieu. From this time forward the King Henry settled his castles and his land in
Normandy after his will; and so before Advent came to this land. And in this expedition were drowned the king's two sons, William
and Richard, and Richard, Earl of Chester, and Ottuel his brother, and very many of the king's household, stewards, and
chamberlains, and butlers. and men of various abodes; and with them a countless multidude of very incomparable folk besides.
Sore was their death to their friends in a twofold respect: one, that they so suddenly lost this life; the other, that few of
their bodies were found anywhere afterwards. This year came that light to the sepulchre of the Lord in Jerusalem twice; once at
Easter, and the other on the assumption of St. Mary, as credible persons said who came thence. And the Archbishop Turstin of York
was through the pope reconciled with the king, and came to this land, and recovered his bishopric, though it was very undesirable
to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A.D. 1121. This year was the King Henry at Christmas at Bramton, and afterwards, before Candlemas, at Windsor was given him to
wife Athelis; soon afterwards consecrated queen, who was daughter of the Duke of Louvain. And the moon was eclipsed in the night
of the nones of April, being a fortnight old. And the king was at Easter at Berkley; and after that at Pentecost he held a full
court at Westminster; and afterwards in the summer went with an army into Wales. And the Welsh came against him; and after the
king's will they accorded with him. This year came the Earl of Anjou from Jerusalem into his land; and soon after sent hither
to fetch his daughter, who had been given to wife to William, the king's son. And in the night of the eve of "Natalis Domini"
was a very violent wind over all this land, and that was in many things evidently seen.
A.D. 1122. In this year was the King Henry at Christmas in Norwich, and at Easter in Northampton. And in the Lent-tide
before that, the town of Glocester was on fire: the while that the monks were singing their mass, and the deacon had begun the
gospel, "Praeteriens Jesus", at that very moment came
the fire from the upper part of the steeple, and burned all the minster, and all the treasures that were there within; except a few books,
and three mass-hackles. That was on the eighth day before the ides of Marcia. And thereafter, the Tuesday after Palm-Sunday,
was a very violent wind on the eleventh day before the calends
of April; after which came many tokens far and wide in England, and
many spectres were both seen and heard. And the eighth night before the calends of August was a very violent earthquake over
all Somersetshire, and in Glocestershire. Soon after, on the sixth day before the ides of September, which was on the festival
of St. Mary, (145) there was a very violent wind from the fore part of the day to the depth of the night. This same year died
Ralph, the Archbishop of Canterbury; that was on the thirteenth day before the calends of November. After this there were many
shipmen on the sea, and on fresh water, who said, that they saw on the north-east, level with the earth, a fire huge and broad,
which anon waxed in length up to the welkin; and the welkin undid itself in four parts, and fought against it, as if it would
quench it; and the fire waxed nevertheless up to the heaven.
The fire they saw in the day-dawn; and it lasted until it was light over all. That was on the seventh day before the ides of
A.D. 1123. In this year was the King Henry, at Christmastide
at Dunstable, and there came to him the ambassadors of the Earl of Anjou. And thence he went to Woodstock; and his bishops and his
whole court with him. Then did it betide on a Wednesday, which was on the fourth day before the ides of January, that the king
rode in his deer-fold; (146) the Bishop Roger of Salisbury (147) on one side of him, and the Bishop Robert Bloet of Lincoln on
the other side of him. And they rode there talking together. Then sank down the Bishop of Lincoln, and said to the king, "Lord
king, I die." And the king alighted down from his horse,
and lifted him betwixt his arms, and let men bear him home to his inn. There he was soon dead; and they carried him to Lincoln
with great worship, and buried him before the altar of St. Mary. And the Bishop of Chester, whose name was Robert Pecceth, buried
him. Soon after this sent the king his writ over all England, and bade all his bishops and his abbots and his thanes, that they
should come to his wittenmoot on Candlemas day at Glocester to meet him: and they did so. When they were there gathered
together, then the king bade them, that they should choose for themselves an Archbishop of Canterbury, whomsoever they would,
and he would confirm it. Then spoke the bishops among themselves, and said that they never more would have a man of
the monastic order as archbishop over them. And they went all in
a body to the king, and earnestly requested that they might choose from the clerical order whomsoever they would for archbishop.
And the king granted it to them. This was all concerted before, through the Bishop of Salisbury, and through the Bishop of
Lincoln ere he was dead; for that they never loved the rule of monks, but were ever against monks and their rule. And the prior
and the monks of Canterbury, and all the other persons of the monastic order that were there, withstood it full two days; but
it availed nought: for the Bishop of Salisbury was strong, and wielded all England, and opposed them with all his power and
might. Then chose they a clerk, named William of Curboil. He was canon of a monastery called Chiche. (148) And they brought
him before the king; and the king gave him the archbishopric. And all the bishops received him: but almost all the monks, and
the earls, and the thanes that were there, protested against him. About the same time departed the earl's messengers (149) in
hostility from the king, reckless of his favour. During the same time came a legate from Rome, whose name was Henry. He was abbot
of the monastery of St. John of Angeli; and he came after the Rome-scot. And he said to the king, that it was against right
that men should set a clerk over monks; and therefore they had chosen an archbishop before in their chapter after right. But
the king would not undo it, for the love of the Bishop of Salisbury. Then went the archbishop, soon after this, to
Canterbury; and was there received, though it was against their will; and he was there soon blessed to bishop by the Bishop of
London, and the Bishop Ernulf of Rochester, and the Bishop William Girard of Winchester, and the Bishop Bernard of Wales,
and the Bishop Roger of Salisbury. Then, early in Lent, went the archbishop to Rome, after his pall; and with him went the
Bishop Bernard of Wales; and Sefred, Abbot of Glastonbury; and Anselm, Abbot of St. Edmund's bury; and John, Archdeacon of
Canterbury; and Gifard, who was the king's court-chaplain. At the same time went the Archbishop Thurstan of York to Rome,
through the behest of the pope, and came thither three days ere the Archbishop of Canterbury came, and was there received with
much worship. Then came the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was there full seven nights ere they could come to a conference with
the pope. That was, because the pope was made to understand that he had obtained the archbishopric against the monks of the
minster, and against right. But that overcame Rome, which overcometh all the world; that is, gold and silver. And the pope
softened, and gave him his pall. And the archbishop (of York) swore him subjection, in all those things, which the pope
enjoined him, by the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul; and the pope then sent him home with his blessing. The while that the
archbishop was out of the land, the king gave the bishopric of Bath to the Queen's chancellor, whose name was Godfrey. He was
born in Louvain. That was on the Annunciation of St. Mary, at Woodstock. Soon after this went the king to Winchester, and was
all Easter-tide there. And the while that he was there, gave
he the bishopric of Lincoln to a clerk hight Alexander. He was nephew of the Bishop of Salisbury. This he did all for the love
of the bishop. Then went the king thence to Portsmouth, and lay there all over Pentecost week. Then, as soon as he had a fair
wind, he went over into Normandy; and meanwhile committed all England to the guidance and government of the Bishop Roger of
Salisbury. Then was the king all this year (150) in Normandy. And much hostility arose betwixt him and his thanes; so that the
Earl Waleram of Mellent, and Hamalric, and Hugh of Montfort, and William of Romare, and many others, went from him, and held their
castles against him. And the king strongly opposed them: and this same year he won of Waleram his castle of
Pont-Audemer, and of Hugh that of Montfort; and ever after, the longer he stayed,
the better he sped. This same year, ere the Bishop of Lincoln came to his bishopric, almost all the borough of Lincoln was
burned, and numberless folks, men and women, were consumed: and so much harm was there done as no man could describe to another.
That was on the fourteenth day before the calends of June.
(133) "Auvergne" at that time was an independent province,
and formed no part of France. About the middle of the fourteenth century we find Jane, Countess of
Auvergne and Boulogne, and Queen of France, assisting in the dedication of the church of the
Carmelites at Paris, together with Queen Jeanne d'Evreux, third wife and widow of Charles IV.,
Blanche of Navarre, widow of Philip VI., and Jeanne de France, Queen of Navarre. -- Felib.
"Histoire de Paris", vol. I, p. 356.
(134) A title taken from a town in Normandy, now generally written Moretaine, or Moretagne;
de Moreteon, de Moritonio, Flor.
(135) "cena Domini" -- commonly called Maundy Thursday.
(136) Now Tinchebrai.
(137) Matilda, Mathilde, or Maud.
(138) Henry V. of Germany, the son of Henry IV.
(139) Or, "in the early part of the night," etc.
(140) That is, the territory was not a "fee simple", but subject to "taillage"
or taxation; and that particular species is probably here intended which is called in old French
"en queuage", an expression not very different from that in the text above.
(141) i.e. to the earldom of Flanders.
(142) "Mense Julio". -- Flor.
(143) We have still the form of saying "Nolo episcopari", when a see is offered to a
(144) i.e. East Bourne in Sussex; where the king was waiting for a fair wind to carry him over sea.
(145) The Nativity of the Virgin Mary.
(146) i.e. an inclosure or park for deer. This is now called Blenheim Park, and is one of the
few old parks which still remain in this country.
(147) This may appear rather an anticipation of the modern see of Salisbury, which was not
then in existence; the borough of Old Saturn, or "Saresberie", being then the
(148) St. Osythe, in Essex; a priory rebuilt A. 1118, for canons of the Augustine order, of
which there are considerable remains.
(149) i.e. Of the Earl of Anjou.
(150) The writer means, "the remainder of this year"; for the feast of Pentecost
was already past, before the king left England.