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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. 1167. ΤΠΕ ARCHBISHOP-S LETTER TO POPE ALEXANDER. 293 everlasting grace. Farewell, and be comforted ; farewell, likewise, to the whole of the Church of England, and may she be comforted in the Lord, that so we likewise may fare well." In the same year Henry, king of England, after his return from Wales, crossed over fromEngland into Normandy, whither he was followed by William, king of the Scots. In the same year died earl Cospatric, in Albany, and was succeeded by his son Waltheof. In the year of grace 1167, being the thirteenth year of the reign of king Henry, son of the empress Matilda, the said Matilda, formerly empress of the Romans, and mother of the above-named king, departed this life, and was buried at Rouen, at the abbey called Saint Mary de Pratis. In the same year, Frederic, emperor of the Romans, went to Rome, and by violence and with an armed band, thrust Guido of Crema, the antipope and schismatic, into the Apostolic See. On his departure, a deadly plague immediately broke out among his people, and Reginald, the archbishop elect of Cologne, who was the head of the whole schism, perished on the Alps ; in order that his bones might be separated from the flesh and taken to Cologne, the whole of his body was boiled in water. TheLetter of the blessed Thomas, the archbishop, to Tope Alexander. " To his most loving father and lord, Alexander, by the grace of God, Supreme Pontiff, Thomas, the humble servant of the church of Canterbury, due and dutiful obedience. I have endured enough and more than enough, most loving father, while waiting for the reformation of the king of England, and yet have gathered no fruits whatever of my long suffering; but, on the contrary, while unthinkingly submitting thereto, I have incurred the loss and utter destruction of the • authority and liberties of the Church of God. I have often-i times by messengers, religious and fitting men, called upon . him, and have frequently invited him to make due satisfaction ; as also by letters, the copies whereof I have sent unto you. I have announced to him the Divine wrath and vengeance, if he . fails to come to his proper senses ; whereas he more and more s ^persists in his evil courses, treading under foot and depressing the Church of God ; both persecuting myself personally ί nnd those who are in banishment with me, so far as even to attempt to deprive me, by threats and menaces, of the kindnesses of die servants of God, who for the sake of God and of yourseR


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