Capitulum tricesimum tertium.
IOHN kynge of Ynglonde did sle Arthurus, sonne of his broþer, at the castelle of Mirabel, and put Alienore his suster in perpetualle prison at Bristowe in this yere. For whiche cause the kynge of Fraunce occupiede Normandy, Briteyn, Pictavia, and diverse other cuntres. The ordre of Freres Precheours began this tyme under seynte Dominik in the partes Tholosan, but that ordre myȝhte not be conferemed Page 187, vol.8 afore the firste yere of Honorius the pope. Also kynge Iohn ȝafe Notha his doȝhter in mariage to Lewellinus prince of Wales. Hubertus archebischop of Cawnterbery dedde, þer was grete discorde for his successoure, for somme electe the bischop of Norwiche, and somme the supprior of Cawnterbery, but the pope avoidede theym bothe, and consecrate Steven of Langeton. A knyȝhte apperede to maister Maurice in his slepe, nowe begynnynge a verse and oþer while endynge a verse, in Sowthe|wales, seyenge to hym, "Maister Maurice, y wylle that thow ende this verse:
'Destruet hoc regnum Rex regum.'"
To whom Maurice seide, "Do the labour thy selfe, for thow Page 189, vol.8 hase alle moste made an ende." Then the knyȝhte seide, "In that thow arte olde and dulle, thow schalle finische hit in this wise: [folio 375b]
'Destruet hoc regnum Rex regum duplici placca.'"
Henricus the firste geten son of this kynge by Isabell was borne in this yere, of whom he gate also Ricardus erle of Cornewaile, and iij. doȝhters, Isabelle the empresse, Alienor, whiche was maryede to Marescallus erle of Penbroke, and after to Symon Mowntefort erle of Leicestre, whiche gate of her vj. childer; and Iohanne, the thrydde doȝhter, was maryede to þe kynge of Scotlonde. The interdicte of Ynglonde began in this yere, to indure by vij. yere, in that kynge Iohn refusede utterly Steven of Langeton, archebischop of Cawnterbery, confermed by the pope, and expellede the monkes of Cawnterbery and toke þeire goodes. Wherefore the pope did wryte to kynges nye to Ynglonde that thei scholde ryse ageyne kyng Iohn. Page 191, vol.8 Mony of the heretikes Albigense, commyn into Ynglonde, were brente in lyfe. A grete peple of Saracenys come in this yere from Affryke, and occupyede a grete parte of Speyne. Where|fore þe pope sende messyngers to diverse nacions for the sub|sidy of the holy Londe, for the Saracenes hade erecte and made diverse ordinaunce in the mownte of Thabor to ȝiffe batelle to the cite of Acra. Seynte Francise began in this yere the ordre of Freres Minors. Pandulphus, a legate of the pope, come into Ynglonde in þis yere, commaundynge streytely kynge Iohn to obbey the churche of Rome. Kynge Iohn, seenge perelle on every side by the kynge of Fraunce and gentylle|men of his realme, bownde the realme of Ynglonde and of Yrlonde, for hym and his successors for ever, to the pope and to his successors, to be tributaryes or feodaryes of the churche Page 193, vol.8 of Rome, and to pay yerely for Ynglonde vij.c. marke and for Yrlonde iij.c. marke. And if he or his successours fayle of the seide summes that thei scholde loose the tytle and ryȝhte of þe crowne of Ynglonde. This don Pandulphus the legate de|partede, and compellede the kynge of Fraunce to departe from Normandy. Steven the archebischop come to Ynglonde and absolvede the kynge an othe made afore to restore goodis taken awey. Kynge Iohn made an holy man to be drawen and honged, Petre off Pountefract by name, in that he seide mony infortunes scholde comme to hym for his cruellenesse and forni|cacion. Also the same man seide to hym that he scholde reigne xiiij. yere, when that he hade reignede allemoste xviij. yere. [folio 376a] Criste apperede to this Petre twyes at Yorke and oonys at Page 195, vol.8 Powntefract, in the lykenesse of a childe betwene the hondes of the preste, inspirynge hym, and seyenge, "Pease, pease, pease," and tauȝhte hym mony thynges, whom he schewede to bischoppes and peple lyvynge ylle. Also he was rapte in an excesse of mynde by thre dayes and iij. nyȝhtes, in whiche tyme he see the ioyes of blissede men and the tormentes of synnefulle men. Kynge Iohn toke the castelle of Rowchestre in this yere in the vigille of seynte Andrewe, where mony noblemen hade conspirede his dethe. Lodowicus, broþer to the kynge of Fraunce, come to Ynglonde at the requeste of the gentylle in hit, to whom mony men of Fraunce and of Yng|londe made fidelite, and the kynge of Scottes also at London. But Gualo, a legate of the pope, excommunicate the seide Lodowicus with alle men supportynge hym, neverthelesse as for that sentence he toke Wynchestre, and segede Dover and Wyndeshore. Innocencius the pope dedde, Honorius did suc|cede x. yere and viij. monethes, which confermed the ordre of Page 197, vol.8 frers Prechours in the firste yere. Iohn kynge of Ynglonde diede of the flix at Newerke, in the xvij. yere of his reigne and in the vjthe monethe; beryede at Worcestre in the myddes of the qwere of monkes. ℞. Neverthelesse the commune fame is that he was poysonede at the monastery off Swynyshed of white monkes. For, as hit is seide, he seide þer at a dyner that he scholde make a loofe, that tyme worthe an halpenny, to be worthe xij.d. by the ende of the yere if he myȝhte have lyve. Oon of the breþer of þat place, familier with the kynge, herynge that, ordeynede poyson, and receyvynge the sacrament afore, toke þat poyson to the kynge, and so thei dyede bothe by the drynkynge of hit.