John Lackland

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Macmillan, 1902 - Great Britain - 303 pages
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Page viii - England was parried by a shameless alliance with the Papacy. The closer study of John's history clears away the charges of sloth and incapacity with which men tried to explain the greatness of his fall. The awful lesson of his life rests on the fact that it was no weak and indolent voluptuary, but the ablest and most ruthless of the Angevins who lost Normandy, became the vassal of the Pope, and perished in a struggle of despair against English freedom.
Page 158 - ... flesh ; and on that account the king returned to England about Whitsuntide, with his' errand imperfect, after disgracefully losing many of his men and much property. After that, about the calends of August, the king returned to Wales, his mind being more cruel and his army larger, and he built many castles in Gwynedd. And he proceeded over the river Conway towards the mountain of Eryri, and incited some of his troops to burn Bangor. And there [ Robert, bishop of Bangor, was seized in his church/...
Page 180 - ... of our barons, offer and freely grant to God and His holy apostles Peter and Paul, and the holy Roman Church, our mother, and to our lord the Pope Innocent and his catholic successors, the whole realm of England and the whole realm of Ireland with all their rights and appurtenances, for the remission of our sins and those of all our race, as well quick as dead ; and from now receiving back and holding these as a feudal dependant, from God and the Roman Church...
Page 99 - We thank you for your good and faithful service, and desire that, as much as in you lies, you will persevere in the fidelity and homage which you owe to us; that you may receive a worthy meed of praise from God and from ourself and from all who know your faithfulness.
Page 158 - Cf. Brut y Tywysogion, 203 (Henry II in the mountains of Berwyn) : " And when provisions had failed him, he removed his tents and his army to the open plains of England." And again (King John at Dyganwy) : " And there the army was in so great want of provisions that an egg was sold for a penny halfpenny ; and it was a delicious feast to them to get horseflesh, and on that account the King returned to England . . . with his errand imperfect.
Page 153 - ... should cause to be elected two of the most honest and discreet knights of the several counties and liberties...
Page 57 - I think and believe," says the archbishop, " that (according to right) we ought to elect Duke Arthur." " To my mind," says the earl, wantonly lying in his hairy throat,8 " that would be bad : for Arthur is counselled by traitors, and he is haughty and proud ; and, if we set him over us, he will seek evil against us : for he loves not the people of England. He shall not come there by my advice. But let us rather look upon Earl John : for my conscience and my knowledge point him out to me as the next...
Page 158 - Hoarse/ the sons of the lord Rhys. And thereupon, Llywelyn moved with his forces into the middle of the country, and his property to the mountain of Eryri ; and the forces of Mona, with their property, in the same manner.
Page 98 - I know that well, sire," replied William; "but you, who are wise and mighty and of high lineage, and whose work it is to govern us all, have not been careful to avoid irritating people. If you had, it would have been better for us all. Methinks I speak not without reason." The King, " as if a sword had struck him to the heart...
Page 14 - ... the kingdom of Cork, except the said city, and the before-mentioned " cantred, which I retain in my own hands , to hold to them and their heirs, of me and " my son John, and our heirs, by an exact division, towards the cape of Saint Brandon, " on the sea-coast, and towards Limerick and other parts, and as far as the water near...

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