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Unformatted text preview: asures for espousing Berengaria, daughter of Sanchez, king of Navarre, with whom he had become enamoured during his abode in Guienne:e Queen Eleanor was daily expected with that princess at Messina:f and when Philip renewed to him his applications for espousing his sister Alice, Richard was obliged to give him an absolute refusal. It is pretended by Hoveden and other historians,g that he was able to produce such convincing proofs of Alice’s infidelity, and even of her having born a child to Henry, that her brother desisted from his applications, and chose to wrap up the dishonour of his family in silence and oblivion. It is certain, from the treaty itself, which remains, h that, whatever were his motives, he permitted Richard to give his hand to Berengaria; and having settled all other controversies with that prince, he immediately set sail for the Holy Land. Richard awaited some time the arrival of his mother and bride; and when they joined him, he separated his fleet into two squadrons, and set forward on his enterprize. Queen Eleanor returned to England; but Berengaria, and the queendowager of Sicily, his sister, attended him on the expedition.i The English fleet, on leaving the port of Messina, met with a furious tempest; and the squadron, on which the two princesses were embarked, was driven on the coast of Cyprus, and some of the vessels were 12th April. wrecked near Limisso in that island. Isaac, prince of Cyprus, who assumed the magnificent title of emperor, pillaged the ships that were stranded, threw the seamen and passengers into prison, and even refused to the princesses liberty, in their dangerous situation, of entering the harbour of Limisso. But Richard, who arrived soon after, took ample vengeance on him for the injury. He disembarked his troops; defeated the tyrant, who opposed his landing; entered Limisso by storm; gained next day a second victory; obliged Isaac to surrender at discretion; and established governors over the island. The Greek prince, being thrown into prison and loaded with irons, complained of the little regard with which he was treated: Upon which, Richard ordered silver fetters to be made for him; and this emperor, pleased with the distinction, expressed a sense of the generosity of his conqueror.k The king here espoused Berengaria, PLL v5 (generated January 22, 2010) 263 http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/695 Online Library of Liberty: The History of England, vol. 1 who, immediately embarking, carried along with her to Palestine 12th May. the daughter of the Cypriot prince; a dangerous rival, who was believed to have seduced the affections of her husband. Such were the libertine character and conduct of the heroes engaged in this pious enterprize! The English army arrived in time to partake in the glory of the The king’s arrival in siege of Acre or Ptolemais, which had been attacked for above Palestine. two years by the united force of all the Christians in Palestine, and had been defended by the utmost efforts of Saladin and the Sarac...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course CHIN 101 taught by Professor Dr.yu during the Spring '08 term at University Of Southern Mississippi .
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