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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Whilest the realme was thus troubled on ech side,The diligence of the archbi|shop Lan|franke. archbishop Lanfranke sendeth, writeth, and admoni|sheth all the kings fréends to make themselues rea|die to defend their prince. And after he vnderstood that they were assembled togither for that purpose, he counselleth the king to march into the field with them spéedilie, to represse his enimies. The king fol|lowing his counsell, first appointed his nauie to scowre and keepe the seas, and to withstand (if it were possible) the arriuall of his brother by faire words.The great curtesie shew|ed to the Eng|lishmen by Wil. Rufus. Simon Dun. Al|so he reconcileth Roger de Mountgomerie earle of Shrewsburie vnto him, and therewith maketh large promises to the English, that he would out of hand giue and restore vnto them such fauourable lawes as they would wish or desire. Moreouer he commanded all vniust imposts, tolles and tallages to be laid downe, and granted frée hunting in the woods, cha|ses and forrests. All which grants and promises he kept not long, though for the time he greatlie conten|ted the people with such a shew of good meaning to|wards them. This doone, Wil. Malm. he goeth with a mightie ar|mie into Kent, where the sedition began, and first comming to the castell of Tunbridge, he compelled capteine Gilbert to yeeld vp the fortresse into his hands. Then went he to Horne castell, where he heard saie Odo was (but the report was vntrue, for he had betaken himselfe to the castell of Pemsey) which when he had ouerthrowne, he hasted foorth vnto Pemsey, and besieged the castell there a long season, which the bishop had stronglie fortified.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 During this time, and about the fiftieth daie after the beginning of the siege, word was brought to the king, that his brother duke Robert was landed at Southampton, and minded with all possible spéed to come to the succour of the bishop, and of other his fréends, whom he and his power had not a little af|flicted. ¶ Here authors varie: H. Hunt. Simon Dun. for some report that duke Robert came not ouer himselfe at the first at all, but sent a part of his armie, with a certeine num|ber of ships, which encountring with the kings fleet, were discomfited. Others write that duke Robert hearing of the losse of his men, came after himselfe, and landed with a mightie armie as before, which is most likelie. And certeinlie (as Gemeticen. affir|meth) he might easilie as then haue recouered Eng|land from his brother, if he had not lingred the time, Gemeticensis. Eustace earle of Bullongne. considering that Eustace earle of Bullongne, Odo bishop of Bai [...]ux, and the earle of Mortaigne, with other lords of Normandie that were passed to Eng|land, had alreadie taken Rochester, and diuers other castels in the prouince of Canturburie, keeping the same a certeine time, still looking that he should haue come ouer to their aid, which he deferred to doo, till they were constreined by siege and lacke of necessa|rie succor to returne into Normandie, leauing those places which they had won vnto the king, and that to EEBO page image 18 their great dishonor. But howsoeuer it was, the king still continued the siege before Pemsey castell, till Odo (through want of victuals) was glad to submit himselfe, and promised to cause the castell of Roche|ster to be deliuered: Simon Dun. but at his comming thither, they within the citie suffered him to enter, and streight|waies laid him fast in prison. Some iudge that it was doone vnder a colour by his owne consent.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 There were in Rochester a sort of valiant gentle|men (the flower in maner of all Normandie) with Eustace earle of Bolongne, and manie gentlemen of Flanders, which were in mind to defend the place against the king: who hearing what was doone, came with his armie and besieged the citie of Rochester on ech side so sharpelie,

Rochester be|sieged by the king.

Anno Reg. 2. Polydor.

that they within were glad to deliuer it vp into his hands. Thus lost bishop Odo all his liuings and dignities in England, and so re|turned into Normandie, where vnder duke Robert he had the ch [...]efe gouernement of the countrie com|mitted vnto him.

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