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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 226



A.D. 1121. LETTEB, OF POPE OALIXTTTS. 215 turned to his former place. William Deschapelles, bishop of Chalons, departed this life on the fifteenth day before tbe calends of February, having assumed the monastic habit eight days before his death. There came a letter from pope Calixtus, relative to Turstin, directed to king Henry and Ralph, archbishop of Canterbury, in which he interdicted the latter from all sacerdotal and episcopal duties ; and both in the mother church of Canterbury, and in the principal church at York, together with its provinces, forbade the celebration of all divine offices together with the burial of the dead, except the baptism of infants and the absolution of the dying,67 unless within one month after the receipt of that letter, Turstin should be, without exacting the profession of obedience, restored to his archbishopric. In the same year, after Easter, pope Calixtus departed from the city with a large body of men, and besieged the city of Sutri, until he took both Bourdin the anti-pope and the place itself, as the subjoined letter wBl more plainly show. " Calixtus the bishop, servant of the servants of God, to his dearly beloved brethren and sons, the archbishops, bishops, abbats, priors, and others, both clergy and laity, the faithful servants of Saint Peter throughout the Gauls, health, and the apostolic benediction. Because the people have forsaken the law of the Lord, and walk not in his judgments, the Lord visits their iniquities with a rod, and their sins with stripes. But retaining the bowels of paternal affection, those who put trust in his mercy he does not repel; though for a long time, their sins so requiring, the faithful of the church have been disturbed by Bourdin, that idol of the king of Germany ; some indeed have been taken captives, and others through starvation in frison have been afflicted unto death. Lately, however, after celebrating the feast of Easter, when we could no longer passively endure the complaints of the pBgrims and of the poor, we left the city with the faithful servants of the church, and laid siege to Sutri, untU the Divine power delivered the before-named Bourdin, the enemy of the church, who had there made a nest for the devil, as well as the place itseR, entirely into our hands. We beg your brotherly love therefore, with us to return thanks to the King of kings for benefits so great, and 67 The original is " poenitentias morientium ;" in allusion to the administration of the " viaticum,"


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