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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The king being lodged within the nunrie, and fea|ring no such matter, after he heard of the sudden as|semblie of his enimies, was put in such feare, that he tooke himselfe dishonourablie to flight, leauing his men, his plate, and other riches altogither behind EEBO page image 56 him. Wil. Paru. Sim Dun. M. Triuet. Matt. Paris. The earles souldiers egerlie assailed the kings people, killed and spoiled them at their pleasure, rifled the kings treasurie without resistance, and satisfied themselues with greedines. In this broile was Wil|liam Marcell or Martell taken prisoner by earle Ro|berts men, & led to the castell of Wallingford, where Brian the earle of Glocesters sonne hauing charge of that castell, kept him in close prison, and vsed him hardlie, who by reason of the opinion which men had conceiued of his valiancie, could not be deliuered, till he had paid 300. marks for his ransome, and deliue|red the castell of Shirborne into the earles hands. Within a few daies after,Miles earle of Hereford deceased. Miles earle of Hereford departed this life, whose death was verie gréeuouslie taken of the empresse, for he was one of hir chéefe fréends and councellers. His eldest sonne Roger suc|céeded him, a gentleman though yoong in yeares, yet valiant and forward in feats of armes. William Mandeuile earle of Essex, Ger. Dor. The earle of Essex taken. an ancient capteine, & an expert warriour (who had serued the empresse, was taken also at S. Albons) but not without great slaughter of the kings souldiers: in so much that a|mong other, the erle of Arundell mounted on a cou|ragious palfrie & a verie valiant man was ouer|throwen in the middest of a water called Haliwell, by a knight named Walkeline de Orcaie, so that the same earle was sore bruised in his bodie,The earle of Arundell. and al|most drowned. The king was present himselfe at the taking of the said Mandeuile, whom he spoiled of all his goods, N. Triuet. Wil. Paru. and constreined by way of redempti|on of his libertie, to deliuer into the kings hands the Tower of London, the castell of Walden, and Ple|shey. Herevpon the same earle being released was driuen through pouertie to seeke some recouerie of his losses by sundrie spoiles and roberies. First of all therefore he spoiled the abbeie of S. Albons, Anno Reg. 9. 1144 and then the abbeie of Ramsey, which he fortified and defen|ded as a fortresse, Hen. Hunt. casting the moonks out of doores, and in euerie place where soeuer he came, he robbed the countrie before him, till at length in the midst of his reuenge and malicious dooings, he was shot tho|rough with an arrow amongst his men by a sillie footman, and so ended his life with confusion, recei|uing worthie punishment for his vngodlie behaui|our. For he was a man of high stomach & loftie cou|rage, Sim. Dunel. Iohn Pike. Matth. West. N. Triuet. but verie obstinate against God, of great in|dustrie in worldlie businesse, but passing negligent towards his maker, as writers report of him.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Likewise Robert Marmion, who had attempted the semblable robberie & spoile in the abbeie church of Couentrie, was slaine before the same abbeie by a like mischance. For going foorth to encounter with the earle of Chester (his mortall enimie, Wil. Malm. Wil. Paru. and being approched as then towards the citie) he fell with his horsse into a ditch, which he caused to be couertlie made for the destruction of his enimies: and before he could be relieued, a souldier of the earles part stept to him, and stroke his head from his shoulders in sight of both armies. Ernulfus the sonne of earle Geffrey Mandeuile that kept the church of Ramsey as a fortresse, after his fathers death, was taken at length and banished.

¶ Thus we see how Gods iudgement hunteth and pursueth the wicked, in somuch that they be o|uertaken in their owne imaginations: according to that of the scripture, The wicked and bloudthirstie man shall not liue halfe his daies. And true it is, that as men liue, so commonlie they die: for, as one saith verie well;

— bona nulla scelestis
Et iustis mala nulla quidem contingere possunt.M. Pal. in suo scor.

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