The croising of kings.
BUT perchance the king was reserued by heauenlie disposition to the victorie of
deserued loue. How much greater is it to repare things cast downe, than to vnderprop
things likelie to fall? And who had knowne Hector, ifTroie had continued in
prosperitie? By so much as aduersitie is more instant and vrged, by so much the glorie
of valiantnesse will shine tile brighter. For by the secret iudgement of God, within
two yeares after the victorie was giuen to the pagans and Parthians, against the
christians, either to reuenge the cold deuotion of the east church, or to trie the
deuout obedience of the westerne men; the vorthie Richard earle of Poitiers
liearing this ouerthrow, tooke deuoutlie the croisure vpon him at Towres, giuing
an example to other princes in that matter. Whervpon the king of England, the
earles father, and Philip king of France, who had bin before at variance (with Gods
grace, and the archbishop 6of Towres persuasion) in that place and that houre, at
their conference at Guisors were croised, with manie other great men of the clergie
and laitie. And as kings folowed the example of the erle, so after their example
the emperour Frederike, through the persuasion of the duke of Alba, with manie
states of Almane were croised in the lords court at Mentz. So as it is thought, the
king of England being reserued more than all other to the restoring of the decaied
state of the holie land, if he had finished his life in this victorie; doubtlesse that
famous prophesie of Merlin Anmbrosius had beene verified in him. " His beginning
A prophesie of Merlin touching the king.
(saith he) shall wauer with wild affections, and his end shall mount to heauen..