Roger claims in his preface to have selected "from the books of catholic writers worthy of credit, just as flowers of various colours are gathered from various fields. However, like most chronicles, it is now valued not so much for what was culled from previous writers, as for its full and lively narrative of contemporary events from to ,  including the signing of Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede. Henry Richards Luard , Rolls Series , seven volumes. From and through the reign of King John it draws on a source common between it and the Annales Sancti Edmundi later also used by John de Taxster , and also some annals added to the St.
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Luard, its latest editor, believes that it was begun by John de Cella, twenty-first abbot of St. He died in and the work was continued at St. One distinct section of the chronicle lies between the Battle of Evesham and the death of Edward I, and from the end of this part diatribes against Wallace and Bruce are quoted. On William Wallace: About the time of the festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a certain Scot, by name William Wallace, an outcast from pity, a robber, a sacrilegious man, an incendiary and a homicide, a man more cruel than the cruelty of Herod, and more insane than the fury of Nero.
Bartholomew [23rd August, ] condemned by the nobles of the kingdom of England to a most cruel but amply deserved death. First of all, he was led through the streets of London, dragged at the tail of a horse, and dragged to a very high gallows, made on purpose for him, where he was hanged with a halter, then taken down half dead, after which his body was vivisected in a most cruel and torturous manner, and after he had expired, his body was divided into four quarters, and his head fixed on a stake and set on London Bridge.
But his four quarters thus divided, were sent to the four quarters of Scotland. Behold the end of a merciless man whom his mercilessness brought to this end. On Robert the Bruce: After all these events had taken place, fresh disturbances and wars broke out in Scotland. For Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick, conferred at first secretly, and afterwards openly with some of the great nobles of Scotland, saying to them "You know that by the right of hereditary relationship this kingdom belongs to me, and how this nation intended to have crowned my father king, but the cunning of the king of England disappointed him of his desire.
If, therefore, you will crown me king, I will fight your battles, and deliver this kingdom and this people from its slavery to the English. And when he asked if John Comyn, a very noble and powerful knight, whether he also agreed to this, he steadily replied that he did not. And he said, "All the nations know that the king of England has four times subdued our nation and country, and that we all, both knights and clergy, have sworn fealty and homage to him for the present and all future generations.
Far be it from me to do this; I will never consent to this measure, that I may be free from perjury. And when he had thrown him down, as he was striving to wrest the sword from the hands of his assassin for he was a man of great personal strength , the servants of the traitor [i. But the Lord John escaped as well as he could to the altar; and Robert pursued him, and, as he would not agree to his proposal, the wicked and inhuman man there sacrificed the pious victim. These things were done in the church of the Minor Brethren at Dumfries, on the 29th of January .
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Получив сан священника , он в начале правления Генриха III , при аббате Уильяме Трампингтоне , возглавлял приорат обители Св. Лестершир , но был отстранён от должности за растрату пожертвований . По возвращении в материнское аббатство , вероятно, сумел вернуть себе доверие, возглавив скрипторий и занявшись историческими трудами. Его учеником и продолжателем его труда стал известный хронист Матвей Парижский ум. Умер 6 мая года в обители Св.
The abbey was a royal foundation already ancient by the mid-thirteenth century, when the majority of this MS was being written out, and was often the place of residence of the peripatetic court of Henry III. While most great Benedictine houses produced a historiographical tradition, that of St Albans had the greatest continuity of effort over the centuries and produced some of the most important contemporary historical witnesses to the reigns of many English kings. As historians still do, he built on the work of former generations of St Albans monks, and of earlier Benedictines such as Bede. The handwriting of the text of the central portion of the work has been identified as being that of Matthew Paris himself, the earlier portions perhaps written at St Albans or Westminster, and the later continuations that bring the book up to the events of are all or chiefly the work of Westminster scribes. The only important illustrations in the work are ten coronation scenes, beginning with a double-width scene of the coronation of Edward the Confessor, in honour of whom Henry III had rebuilt Westminster Abbey in the shape we now see it, making it then as now the royal abbey par excellence. Luard in the s. This MS is the earliest and most important representative of the text of the Flores, and as such is still an invaluable source for historians as well as an object of beauty and interest in itself.