Imágenes de página

soners many of those who offered resistance; and had not the night come on, in all probability, on that day the king would have taken the emperor prisoner. But,

But, as the king and his people were on foot, and did not know the paths across the mountains by which the emperor and his men took to flight, they returned with a great booty to the city of Limezun, which the Griffons had deserted; and found in it an abundance of corn, wine, oil, and flesh meat.

On the same day, after the victory gained by the king of England, his sister, the queen of Sicily, and the daughter of the king of Navarre, entered the harbour of Limezun with the rest of the king's fleet. The emperor, however, collecting his men, who had been dispersed in the valleys among the thickets there, on the same night pitched his camp about five miles from the army of the king of England, affirming, with an oath, that he would the next day give battle to the king. On the king being informed of this by means of his spies, long before daybreak he had himself and his troops fully armed, and, going forth without any noise, came up to the army of the emperor, and found his people buried in sleep.

Upon this, he rushed into their tents with a loud and terrible shout, on which, aroused from their slumbers, they became as though dead men, not knowing what to do or whither to fly; for the army of the king of England came upon them like ravening wolves, and made immense havoc among them. The emperor, however, with a few of his people, made his escape in a state of nudity, leaving behind him his treasures, horses, arms, and tents of extreme beauty, together with his imperial standard, embroidered all over the surface with gold, · which the king of England immediately determined to present as an offering to Saint Edmund, the king and glorious Martyr. Accordingly, the king of England, having gained a complete victory, returned to Limezun, a mighty triumpher over his foes.

On the third day after this, there came to the king of England, in the isle of Cyprus, Guido, king of Jerusalem, Geoffrey of Lusignan,20 his brother, Amfrid de Tours, Raymond, prince of Antioch, and Boamund his son, the earl of Tripolis, and Leo, the brother of Rupin de la Montaigne, and, offering to the king their services, did homage to him, and swore fealty to him against all men. On the same day, the emperor of Cyprus,

20 V. r. Lenizant.

seeing that he was entirely destitute of all valour and efficacious aid on the part of his troops, sent envoys to the king of England with suppliant entreaties, and offered him peace on the following terms, namely; that he would give him twenty thousand marks of gold in satisfaction of the monies that had been lost? in his ships, and would set at liberty those persons who had been taken after the shipwreck, together with their property, and would himself attend him personally to the land of Jerusalem, and remain with him in the service of God and of himself, together with one hundred knights, and four hundred Turcopole horsemen, and five hundred foot soldiers well armed ; in addition to which he would give him his daughter, who was his sole heir, as a hostage, and deliver up to him his castles by way of security, and would swear to observe his fealty to him and his for ever, and hold his empire of him.

These terms being accordingly agreed to on both sides, the emperor came to the king of England, and, in presence of the king of Jerusalem, and the prince of Antioch, and his other barons, did homage to the king, and swore fealty to him. He also made oath that he would not leave him until all things had been performed that had been so covenanted. Accordingly, the king assigned tents to the emperor and his people, and appointed knights and men-at-arms to keep guard over them. On the same day, however, after dinner, the emperor repented that he had made such terms with the king of England, and while the knights, whose duty it was to keep guard over him, were taking their mid-day nap, by stealth he took his departure, and then sent word to the king that, thenceforth, he would not be on terms of peace or concord with him; a thing that, as it appeared, greatly pleased the king.

For he, like a wary and circumspect man, immediately gave a part of his army to Guido and the prince of Antioch, and the others who had come to him, and commanded them to follow the emperor, and take him prisoner if they possibly could; while the king himself, dividing his galleys into two parts, gave one half of them to Robert de Turnham, and commanded him to surround the island on one side, and if he should find any ships or galleys, to take them ; which was accordingly done: while the king, with the remaining portion

21 The reading is more probably “submersorum," and not submersarum ;" alluding to the money of which the bodies of the drowned had been plundered.


of his galleys, surrounded the other side; and he and Robert took all the ships and galleys they could find in the vicinity of the island. On this, the garrisons of the cities, and castles, and harbours, deserted them in every direction, wherever the king and the said Robert came, and, taking to flight, concealed themselves in the mountains. After this was done, the king and Robert de Turnham returned to Limezun; and king Guido, and those who were with him, being unable to accomplish their object, rejoined the king. In the meantime, the subjects of the emperor flocked from all quarters to the king of Eng. land, and acknowledged themselves his subjects, and held their lands of him.

One day, when the above-named emperor was sitting at dinner, and his nobles with him, one of them said to him, “My lord, we advise you to make peace with the king of Eng. land, that the whole of your nation may not be destroyed;" on which the emperor, being greatly enraged at these words, struck at him with a knife which he was holding in his hand, and cut off the nose of the person who had given him this advice; whereupon, after dinner, the person who had been struck, left him to go to the king of England, and became his adherent.

On the fourth day before the ides of May,29 being the Lord's day and the feast of Saint Nereus, Saint Achilleus, and Saint Pancratius the Martyrs, Berengaria, daughter of the king of Navarre, was married to Richard, king of England, at Limezun,23 in the island of Cyprus, Nicholas, the king's chaplain, performing the services of that sacrament; and on the same day the king caused her to be crowned and consecrated queen of England by John, bishop of Evreux, he being assisted in the performance of the ceremony by the archbishops of Apamea and Auxienne, and the bishop of Bayonne.

After the celebration of the nuptials, the king of England moved onward his army, and a fine city was surrendered to him, which is called Nichosis ; and when the king had arrived with his army before an extremely well fortified castle, which is called Cherin, and in which was the emperor's daughter, she went out to meet the king, and fell upon the ground before his feet, and surrendered to him the castle, imploring his mercy; on which the king took compassion on her, and

22 The twelfth of May. 23 This place is called Limesol at the present day.

sent her to the queen. After the king had moved onward in his march, the castle was surrendered to him which is known by the name of Baffes, as also the castle called Buffevent, the castle called Deudeamur, and the castle called Candare; after which all the cities and fortresses of the empire were surrendered to him. The wretched emperor, in the meantime, concealed himself in an extremely well fortified abbey, called Cap Saint Andrew ; but, upon the king coming thither for the purpose of taking him, the emperor went forth to meet him, and throwing himself at his feet, placed himself at his mercy for both life and limb, no mention being made of the kingdom, as he knew that every thing was now in the hands and power of the king; but his only request was, that he might not be placed in fetters and manacles of iron; on which the king listened to his request, and delivered him into the charge of Ralph Fitz-Godfrey, his chamberlain, and ordered fetters and manacles of silver and gold to be made for him. All these things took place in the island of Cyprus in the month of July, on the first day of that month, being Saturday, and the vigil of Pentecost.

All these matters being brought to a conclusion, the king of England sent the emperor, with his guards, to the city of Tripolis, and gave the island of Cyprus into the charge of Richard de Camville and Robert de Turnham.

On the same day, that is to say, on the vigil of Pentecost, Philip, earl of Flanders, died at the siege of Acre, and the king of France, his liege lord, seized all his treasures and property, and kept them in his own possession, and from that hour sought an excuse for withdrawing from the siege of Acre, and returning to his country, that he might subjugate the earldom of Flanders. On the same day also, that is to say, on the vigil of Pentecost, the

queen of England and the queen of Sicily, the sister of the king of England, and the daughter of the emperor of Cyprus, arrived before Acre with the greater part of the fleet of the king of England.

In the meantime, the king of England received from all the inhabitants of the island a moiety of all their goods, and confirmed for them the laws and institutions which they had in the time of Manuel, the emperor of Constantinople. After this, on the fourth day of the week of Pentecost, the king of England left the island of Cyprus with his galleys, and on the following day arrived at Tyre, in the land of Sulia. However, the garrison of Tyre would not allow him to enter Tyre, saying, that the king of France and Conrad, marquis of Tyre, had forbidden his entrance into the city ; consequently he was obliged for that night to lie in tents outside of the walls of Tyre.

24 “Non” is omitted in the text, evidently by mistake.

On the following day, being the sixth day of the week of Pentecost, when he was on his way towards Acre, he saw at sea before him a large buss laden with troops, and decked out with the banners of the king of France and his associates; on which he sent two galleys to it and enquired whose ship it was, and whence it came. They made answer, that they were subjects of the king of France, and had come from Antioch, with the intention of going to the siege of Acre; on which those who had been sent returned with this answer to the king of England; when the king replied, "If they are subjects of the king of France, go and tell them to wait and speak to me.” While they were on their road back, the men in the buss, being conscience-stricken, as in reality they were all pagans, armed themselves, and received the messengers

of the king in a most hostile manner, discharging arrows against them and Greek fire. Upon the king observing this, he came nearer, and said to all who were about him, “Give chase to them, and overtake them, and if you capture them, all their property shall belong to you; but if they get away, you will forfeit my regard for ever." Upon this, they all

, with one accord, made an attack upon the buss, and pierced it on every side with the beaks of their galleys, on which, the water effecting an entrance, it went to the bottom. When the pagans found that they were beginning to sink, they threw their arms into the sea, and breaking the vessels, poured forth the Greek fire, and leaving the ship, leaped naked into the sea; on which the king's galley-men slew some of them, and took

many alive; for there were in this buss one thousand four hundred pagans, whom Saladin had chosen from all the pagans, for the purpose of sending them to the city of Acre. These being thus conquered and slain, the king distributed all their property among his galley-men.

On the following day, which was Saturday, in the week of Pentecost, he arrived at the siege of Acre, and distributed many of the pagans, whom he had taken in the ship, among

« AnteriorContinuar »