The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog, and the Ancient Lords of Arwystli, Cedewen, and Meirionydd Vol
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...aware of their approach. Hemmed in on every side, he broke through their ranks, and 200 of the Flemings lay dead on the field. Henry, alarmed at his success, led another army into Wales, and destroyed the abbey of Strata Florida, or Ystrad Flur, in Ceredigion, and ravaged the country; but he was obliged to make a disgraceful retreat, his army being exhausted by famine and disease. Another expedition in the same year, commanded by the king in person, met with the same success. In 1402, the occurrence of a comet was interpreted by the bards as an omen most favourable to Owain, and their predictions instilled spirit into the minds of his countrymen. His next action was fought against Lord Grey de Ruthin, -whom he took prisoner, and kept long in captivity, nor did he give him his liberty until he had paid the large ransom of 10,000 marks, and bound himself to observe a strict neutrality; and, immediately after his release, for his better security, he married Jane, the third daughter of Owain. Being now freed from his English enemies, Owain turned his arms against those of his own countrymen who adhered to the English king, and burned their mansions, and ravaged their estates; the cathedral of Bangor, and the cathedral, palace, and canons' houses of St. Asaph were destroyed at his command; the bishop of St. Asaph, however, John Trevor,1 sided with Owain afterwards, and was confirmed by him in his see. It was at this time that Henry, irri 1 John Trevor became Bishop of St. Asaph in 1395. He obtained permission to hold in commendam with his bishopric, as some of his predecessors had done, the livings of Pool, Cegidfa (Guilsfield), and Meivod. Notwithstanding this, he proved ungrateful to the king, Richard II, for, in 1399, when that unfortunate monarch...
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