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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
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consecrated on the Lord's day on which was celebrated the nativity of Saint Mary," and by his life and virtues shone forth as an illustrious bishop of the see of Worcester. He was consecrated, however, by Aldred, the archbishop of York, as at this period the episcopal duties of Stigand, the archbishop of Canterbury, were suspended by our lord the pope, because he had presumed to accept the archbishopric while Eobert, the archbishop, was still living ; however, his canonical profession was made to Stigand, the abovenamed archbishop of Canterbury, and not to Aldred, who ordained him. In addition to this, the archbishop of York, who ordained him, was by the agency of Stigand, and on account of the charges made by his followers, ordered to declare before the king and the nobles of the realm, that he from that time forward did not wish to claim any secular authority or ecclesiastical rights over him, either because he had been consecrated by him, or because before the consecration he had been a monk under him.20 This ordination took place when he was more than fifty years of age, it being the twentieth year of the reign of king Edward, and the fifteenth of the indiction. In the year 1063, Harold, the valiant duke of Wessex, by the command of king Edward, after the Nativity of our Lord, took with him a small body of horse, and set out from Gloucester, where the king was then staying, in great haste for Rhyddlan,21 for the purpose of slaying Griffin, king of AVales, on account of the frequent ravages which he committed in the English territory, and the disgrace which he so frequently caused to his lord, Edward. But he, on learning beforehand the approach of Harold, embarked on board ship with his family, and with some difficulty made his escape. Harold, on finding that he had fled, set fire to his palace, and, burning his ships with their equipments, returned on the same day. But, about the Bogation Days, setting sail with a fleet from Bristol, he sailed round a great part of the coast of Wales, and was met by his brother, earl Tosti, with a body of horse, as the king had commanded, on which, joining their forces, they began to ravage those districts. The Welch being, consequently, com-peBed to do so, gave hostages, and made submission, and " The 8th of September. 20 When he was prior of the monastery of Worcester. 21 In Flintshire. 128 ANNALS OF ROGUE BE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1063.


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