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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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A.D. 1165. AKCHBISHOP THOMAS IS SUMMONED BY THE KLNG. 265 you have spoken to ill purpose, and evil mil ensue to you therefrom, inasmuch as you have spoken against the king's interests." Next came to him Roger, the archbishop of Tork. " Oh, how oft did he wish to' approach him with bland requests, and soft entreaties to use Î"37 But the old embers of hatred forbade him so to do, and would not allow him to utter a word in a peaceful way. On the contrary, he uttered the most severe reproaches against him for thus coming to court armed with the cross ; saying that the king had a sword which was still sharper, and therefore, if he followed his advice, he would put aside his cross. On this, one of the bystanders made this remark : " Believe me, if you believe him, you will be deceived. The fowler plays sweetly on his pipe while decoying the birds. Beneath sweet honey noxious poisons lie concealed."39 However, the archbishop of Canterbury refused to put aside his cross, but said : "If the king's sword carnally slays the body, my sword pierces spiritually, and sends the soul to hell." Now while he was sitting there waiting, some persons secretly told him that his death had been sworn by the king's followers ; in consequence of which, from that hour he sought an opportunity for withdrawing from the court, and, that he might more easily withdraw, appealed to the Supreme Pontiff, placing the cause of the Church and of himself under the protection of God and of our lord the pope ; and gave orders to all the bishops inviolably to observe his appeal.39 upon this, all the bishops advised him to comply with the king's wishes, and, surrendering his see, throw himself upon his mercy ; but the archbishop refused to trust them upon that point. At this moment the king sent him word by his knights Ào come to him without delay, and render to him a full account of all the receipts of the revenues of the kingdom during the 37 A quotation from Ovid— " Ο quotiens voluit blandis accedere dictis, Et molles adhibere preces." ω A quotation from Ovid— " Crede mihi, si credis ei, tu decipieris. Fistula dulce canit volucres dum decipit auceps. Impia sub dulci melle venena latent." 39 By not being present when any judgment might be passed upon him by a temporal tribunal.


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