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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.
page 173



162 ANNALS OF B0GEB BE HOVEDEN. A.D. 10S0. iMquitously slew him and nearly all his household, in Ms own house. On hearing of this, the bishop heaved a sigh from the inmost recesses of Ms heart ; and, taking his hood from off his head, and throwing it on the ground, immediately said in mournful accents, to Leofwine, who was then present, " By your factious designs, and most short-sighted contrivances, Leofwine, these tMngs have been brought about. Therefore, I would have you know for certain, that both myself, and yourself, and all my household, you have cut off by means of the sword of your tongue." On saying this, he instantly betook himself to the castle, and immediately sending messengers throughout all JSbrthum-bria, commanded all to be informed that he was not an accomplice in the death of Liulph, but that, on the contrary, he had banished Gilbert, his murderer, and all his associates, from Northumbria, and would be prepared to exculpate Mmself before a court of ecclesiastical jurisdiction. After tMs, having interchanged messages, he and the relatives of those who were slain, having mutually given and received assurances of peace, appointed a place and day on which to meet and come to a better understanding. On the appointed day they met at the plaee named, but as the bishop declined to plead his cause in the open air, he entered the church there, to--gefhcr with his clergy and those of Ms knights who were of higher rank, and while a council was being held, several times sent out of the church such of his own followers as he thought fit, for the purpose of making peace with them. The people, however, would by no means accede to his requests, for they believed it to be a matter beyond a doubt that Liulph had been slain by his command ; for, the night after the death of his relative,69 Leofwine had not only entertained Gilbert and Ms associates at his house, in a friendly and hospitable manner, but even the bishop himself had shown him favour and hospitality just as before. In consequence of this, all those of thebishop'sparty who were found outside of the chureh were first slain, only a few escaping by flight ; on seeing which, the bishop ordered Ms relative, the 63 " Propinqui sui." This is probably an incorrect reading. We have been previously informed that Gilbert was a relative of the bishop; but it does not appear that Liulph was related to the bishop or to Gilbert. It may, however, mean " of his neighbour."


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