The Chronicle of Henry of Huntingdon
BOHN'S ANTIQUARIAN LIBRARY.
HENRY OF HUNTINGDON.
PRINTED BY WOODFALL AND KINDER,
ANGEL COURT, SKINNER STREET.
HENRY OF HUNTINGDON,
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND, FROM THE INVASION OF JULIUS CÆSAR TO THE ACCESSION OF HENRY II.
THE ACTS OF STEPHEN,
KING OF ENGLAND AND DUKE OF NORMANDY.
TRANSLATED AND EDITED
By THOMAS FORESTER, A.M.,
AUTHOR OF "NORWAY IN 1848 and 1849," ETC., ETC.
HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
DESCRIPTION OF THE FRONTISPIECE.
The plate is copied from a pen-and-ink drawing in the margin of a MS. of Huntingdon's History, in the British Museum, of the fourteenth century. One of King Stephen's barons, Baldwin Fitz-Gilbert, appears in the act of addressing the royal army before the battle of Lincoln, the issue of which was so disastrous to Stephen's fortunes, he having been taken prisoner on the field. Baldwin is standing on a hillock, according to the history, and leaning on his battle-axe. The army is represented by its leaders—knights in chain armour—among whom we discover, by the device on his shield, one of the powerful family of De Clare, to which Baldwin belonged. Stephen himself, distinguished by the diadem encircling his helmet, stands in front of the group, listening to the address which, we are told, he deputed Baldwin to make, because his own voice was not sufficiently powerful. An attendant has dismounted, and is holding his horse.