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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 285

because a more ready method of doing injury would be introduced, if any weakness were manifested at the outset. But it will be their remark, ' The things whieh are Csesar's should be rendered unto Caesar ; '52 still, if in many things we must obey the king, we must not obey him on those points, the result of whieh would be, that he would not be a king. To do thus would be to malte him not Caesar, but a tyrant ; and then they would have to resist him, not for me, but in their own behalves. For if to him is reserved the highest possible judgment, when he is all-powerful to pronounce judgment upon body and life, will there be any last appeal among mankind when he gives judgment according to his own motives ? If those who have attacked me have taken the side of justice, for what reason do they censure me ? If, on the other hand, I have made my appeal to him, to whom it is not lawful or excusable to disallow an appeal, the consequence is, that they must either be accusing me unjustly, or must have distrust in your justice. For doubly should I be confounded, if before your Holiness I should be convicted. And do I merit persecution on the part of those, in behalf of whom I have laid myself open to such attacks, and should have gained my point, had they only been so inclined ? But badly fares the head, if it is forsaken by the limbs. If too the eyes were to assume a tongue in opposition to the head, if they were to be gifted with foresight, they would find that they were contriving evil against themselves ; so likewise have the king's followers used their aid against me to ensure their own slavery. What can have been the cause of hatred so great that, in order to destroy me, they should destroy themselves ? The consequence is, that while they neglect their spiritual for their temporal duties, they fail in both. And is it the fact that, while I protested aloud and appealed to your presence, they presumed by their judgment to condemn their own father ? Why, if they have made a eompaet to agree with the prince who is so offended at me in relation to the universal Church, even to you, most holy father, may their suspicion extend. But they will affirm that they have held with the king by reason of their duty to their liege ; even so, corporeally to him, but spiritually to me. Whom then, in preference to themselves, ought they to have held with ? Ought they not to have submitted in preference to the loss of things corporeal rather than spiritual ? But to this « St. Matt. xxii. 21. St. Mark xii. 17. 274 A3ÎNALS OF BOGEK DE HOVEDEÎT. A.D. 11C5.

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