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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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description, to the loss of his salvation, and to the prejudice of the liberties of the Chureh. For that there is a God who, in sueh a case, forbids the priesthood to be silent, and, in case they dissemble, has prepared hell for their portion, where there will be no dissembling of their punishment. The book of the abominationsS! was also read by him, and he made enquiry of the cardinals, whether it was lawful for such things to be put in practice by Christians, much more concealed from their pastors ? They then proceeded to another question, enquiring whether he would be willing to abide by their judgment upon the matters in dispute between himself and the king ? To this he made answer, that he fully confided in the integrity of his cause ; and that when he himself and his people, who had been for a long time left destitute, should have been fully restored to the enjoyment of everything, taking into consideration causes, and circumstances, and times, he would readily obey the law, and that he neither could nor would decline it, but, on the contrary, both where, and when, and how, it should be his duty, would submit to the judgment of him or them, by whose judgment, whether one or more, our lord the pope should have made it his determination to abide. That, in the meantime, he and his people could not be urged on to litigation, and not even poverty would have this effect, even though he should have been in want of victuals, had he not been aided with money by the most Christian king of the Franks. Yet he was unwilling, at the first glance, to shrink from judgment, even though he might have the best possible grounds for suspeeting either of them, lest he might thereby seem to justify the king's cause, nor yet did he desire to engage in litigation before he had heen entirely restored, in order that he might thereby be enabled to support his own eause. At this time Louis, king of the Franks, collecting a large army, entered Normandy, and burned the town of Andely, belonging to Rotrod, archbishop of Rouen, Henry, king of England, making no resistance thereto : this was done in revenge for Chaumont, a fine castle belonging to the king of France, which the above-named king of England had burned in the preceding year by his Welchmen. In the same year, 8 1 This was a book containing anathemas against persons guilty of certain practices therein censured by the Church.


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