Reviews of Books
English Historical Review
REVIEWS OF BOOKS Oct. introduction, is the large amount of space devoted to English history. The marriage of Elizabeth, daughter of Edward I, to John I, count of Holland and Zealand, began to intensify the connexion between England and Holland, already established by economic and political ties. These relations became closer after the betrothal of Edward, duke of Aquitaine, afterwards Edward HI, with Philippa of Hainault-Holland, and the support given by the Hollanders to the expedition which
... expedition which resulted in the dethronement of Edward H. The chronicler shows the liveliest interest in English affairs and narrates many episodes at considerable length. The first full treatment of English history is to be found on pp. 104-6, where the battle of Boroughbridge and the fate of Hereford, Elizabeth of Holland's second husband, are described in a highly novel and apparently quite mythical fashion. More important is the detailed account of the revolution of 1826 on pp. 170-180, where the obvious motive of William is to make the best of the part played by John of Hainault and the Holland-Hainault element in carrying out that sordid but necessary change. Other references to English affairs follow. On pp. 155, 281 and 282 we have matters relating to Aquitaine; on p. 207 the abortive Scottish campaign of 1827 and the later adventures of John of Hainault in England; on p. 207 the treaty of Northampton; on p. 255 the projected pilgrimage of the dying Bobert Bruce; on pp. 219-20 the claim of Edward m to France; and on pp. 256-58 the revolution of 1880. It cannot be said that what is new in William's tales about England is always particularly true, though his story has its use as an indication of contemporary foreign opinion. Almost the last event noticed in the Chronicle is the marriage of Eleanor, sister of Edward III, with Count Reginald of Gelderland, on pp. 267-8. Some of the editor's notes on English affairs are not quite up to date, as, for example, his statement on p. 267 that Isabella of France werd vvcbannen naar Castle Bising. The reticence and respect shown by Edward III to his mother's good fame are not imitated by William of Egmond, who gives a picturesque, but probably unauthentic, account of the manner in which the young lring discovered Isabella's guilty relations with Mortimer. Even more apocryphal, we fear, is the anecdote of the sharp rebuke said to have been administered by the young Edward to Hugh le Despenser, on p. 171. Edward II has so much to answer for that it is hard he should be charged with seducing his niece, the younger Hugh's wife, on p. 177. William has to make out a case for approving of the revolution of 1826, and also of the removal of Isabella and Mortimer in 1880. In the former period Isabella is all that could be desired ; it is only at the time of her fall that her vices are recorded against her. THIS is a very handsome volume, a folio; paper, type, illustrations, and appropriate doeskin binding all that could be desired. Chartae regiae, NoYi umbilici, lora rubra, tnembrana Dereeta plumbo, et pumice omnia aequaia.