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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5
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invefted with the powers of papacy, in confêquence of which many princes of Chriftendom had written to him to acknowledge their obedience, he became very haughty, and defirous of retrenching the powers of the cardinals, and depriving them of fe-veral of their rights and accuftomed prerogatives. _ This conduft was highly difpleafing to them : they held a metting, and . declared that he would never do them any fervice, and was befide unfit to govern the Chriftian world. Several propofed to eleft another, more wife and prudent, and better able to govern the church. The whole body were eager for this, more efpecially that cardinal who was afterwards eleéted pope. During the whole fummer, the affair continued in fufpenfe * ' for thofe who wiihed a hew elcftion dared not publicly declare their intentions for fear of the Romans. About the time of the vacations, many cardinals left Rome to amufe themfelves in different places in the neighbourhood. Urban went to a city called Tivoli, where he remained a confiderable time. During thefe vacations or terms, (that lafted not long, for there were many clergy from different parts of the world at Rome, waiting for graces which had been promifed, fome of whom had been collated to churches,) the refraftory car-dinals affcmbled to eleft a pope, and their unani-mous choice fell on fir Robert dc Geneva, fon to the count of Geneva, whofe firft promotion had been to the bifhoprick of Terouennc, then to the archbifhoprick of Cambray, and at lait cardinal of Geneva. The greater number of cardinals attended this 80


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