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H I STORY
OF THE LIFE OF
KING HENRY THE SECOND,
AND OF THE AGE IN WHICH HE LIVED,
IN FIVE BOOKS:
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A History of the Revolutions of England
From the Death of EDWARD the Confeffor
To the Birth of HENRY the Second :
H IS TO RY
THE LIFE OF
KING HENRY THE SECOND.
HE clergy having so unanimously de- Book. f. clared for Matilda, almost all England and
was induced by their powerful influence, and by the fear which the defeat and captivity of the king had brought on his party, to think likewise of submitting to the government of that lady, except the single county of Kent, which the queen maintained for her husband, with the assistance of his favorite, William of Ipres. This general, Vid. auctores immediately after the battle of Lincoln, retired thither with most of the mercenary troops, encouraged the people of that county, who had been always well affected to Stephen, and drew to his standard all the bravest of that prince's friends, who daily came in from every part of the kingdom; some of them hoping to serve their unfortunate mafter, and others to obtain better conditions for themselves, by remaining in arms. The Voi, II.