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Compare 1577 edition: 1 The earle of Mortaigne.Duke Robert and the earle of Mortaigne fighting most manfullie in the verie prease of their enimies, were taken, or (as other saie) betraied, and deliuered into their enimies hands: Eadmerus. W. Crispine. W. Ferreis. Robert de E|stoutuille. The number slaine. beside which twaine, Wil|liam Crispine, William Ferreis, Robert Estout|uille the elder, with foure hundreth men of armes, and to the number of 10. thousand footmen were ta|ken. As for the number that were slaine in this bat|tell, there is none that declareth the certeintie: but yet it is reported by diuers writers, that no one bat|tell in those daies was sorer fought, nor with greater bloudshed either in Normandie, or elsewhere.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Gemeticensis sheweth breeflie, that king Henrie was offended with his brother duke Robert, Gemeticensis. for ali|enating the duchie of Normandie his inberitance, & for wasting his reuenues with such riotous demea|nour as he vsed, so that he left himselfe nothing but the citie of Roan, which he had not passed to haue gi|uen awaie also, if the citizens would thereto haue granted their consent. The king (I saie) taking dis|pleasure herewith, went ouer into Normandie, and assuming a mightie power, first besieged Baieur, & then halfe destroieng it, he tooke it by force. After this he tooke Caen also, and then besieged a castell called Tenerchbray perteining to the earle of Mortaigne, during which siege his brother Robert, and the said earle of Mortaigne came with a great multitude of people in hope to be reuenged of the king, and to chase him out of the countrie. But the punishment of God fell so vpon them, that they were both taken, and manie of their freends with them, as Robert de Estoutuille, William de Crispine, and others, who were brought before king Henrie as prisoners. ¶ Thus did almightie God grant vnto the king a no|table victorie without bloodshed, for he lost not a man: as for his aduersaries, there died in the field not past three score persons.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Wil. Malm. This séemeth also to agrée with that which Wil. Malmesburie writeth: for he saith, that king Henrie with small adoo brought into his hands duke Robert, who with a great troope of men came against him then lodging néere the said castell of Tenerchbray. The earle of Mortaigne was also taken,Robert de Belesme. but the erle of Shrewsburie escaped by flight, notwithstanding he was apprehended, as he went about to practise some priuie conspiracie against the king. ¶ This battell was fought (as the same Wil. Malme. affirmeth) vpon a saturdaie,The 27. of September chro. de Nor. being the daie of S. Michaell In gloria, and (as may be thought) by the prouident iudg|ment of God, to the end that Normandie should be subdued vnto England on that daie, in the which 40. yeares passed, king William the Conquerour first set foot on land at Hastings, when he came out of Normandie to subdue England. Simon Dun. Neither dooth Si|mon Dunelmensis varie in any thing from Geme|ticensis touching the conclusion of this businesse, and the taking of duke Robert.

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