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1882 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR. EDWARD III.
(1327--1377.) HE young king, Edward III., was but fifteen years of
age when he was raised to the throne of his deposed father. The
Parliament appointed a council of Regency, composed of five
prelates and six great noblemen, and consigned the young monarch
into the keeping of the Earl of Lancaster. No power was formally
vested in the dowager queen; but her debts were discharged, and a
large pension was granted to her, by means of which she was enabled
to strengthen her own influence and increase the authority of
Mortimer. While England had been engrossed in its internal
dissensions and struggles, Scotland had been recovering from the
effects of its misfortunes, under the firm government of Robert
Bruce. The thirst for vengeance raged, however, in the hearts of
all the Scots; and respect for the truce was powerless to restrain
them. Hearing that King Edward II. had been dethroned, and that a
council of Regency had been appointed, they crossed the frontier on
the 3rd of February, 1327, and began to lay waste the northern
counties. Their army gradually increased in numbers. King Robert
was ill, but his two faithful friends, James, earl of Douglas, and
Randolph, earl of Moray, were at the head of his troops. The
Scottish army consisted entirely of mounted soldiers, whose light,
robust steeds, steady as themselves, bore them with the swiftness
of the wind, without rest, and almost without provender. No
baggage, no tents, --a bag of oatmeal in front of each horseman,
under his saddle an iron plate, which served for baking his cakes;
the English farms and villages furnished the rest. Rumours of the
ravages to wnich the northern counties had been subjected, touched
the feelings of the young king, and awakened his marti...
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