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(without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... When the Chancellor was gone, the government fell into the
hands of his opponents. Matteo di Salerno, the Gaieto Richard, the
Bishops of Agrigentum, Catania and Salerno, the Elect of Syracuse,
and the Counts of Geraci, Molise, and Montescaglioso, formed the
new council, together with Walter Ofamilio, Dean of Agrigentum,
who, in the situation of sub-preceptor to the young king, had
obtained so much influence over the mind of his pupil, as to have
excited the jealousy of the Queen Mother3. The enmity of the Queen
was, at the time, a recommendation to a faction who had just
triumphed over her favourite, and forced their way to power against
her inclinations. Circumstances, at this moment, threw another
advantage in Ofamilio's way. The Chancellor, at his departure, had
resigned his archiepiscopal dignity; and the Council, wishing as
soon as possible to fill up the vacant preferment, hastily placed
the Palermitan mitre on the head of their new colleagueb. The next
year the King came of age, and his first act was to appoint Walter
Ofamilio his prime ministerc. Walter was by birth an Englishman,
and had a Falcandus. * Gualterium, Agrigentinum Decanum et Regis
Magistrum, sibi in Pastorem unanimiter elogerunt. Romualdus
Salemitanus. c Itaque summa regni potestas penes Gualterium erat.
Falcandus. been recommended to the Court of Sicily byHenry II.,
who, wishing to bring about an alliance between his daughter Joan
and the young King, was glad to place about him a man whose
abilities he had remarked, and upon whose fidelity he could depend.
But how was it that Walter could succeed where Stephen failed?
Walter, equally an alien, and by no means Stephen's equal in great
qualities. Because, desirous of the same improvements, he went more
gently to work, and did not refuse to s...
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