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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 345



334 ANNALS OF EOGEB DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1171. redeem the moments of his past life ; and knowing that this life is but a journey and a warfare, in order that he might be sanctified in body, and disembarassed in spirit by vices, armed with virtues, he girded himself up for the race, and prepared himself for the struggle of the conflict. Therefore, in finishing his race, he ran " not as uncertainly," and, in fighting well, he did not "fight as one that beateth the air."9 5 Then almost all his thoughts and discourse were upon the end of this life and the troubles of its path. Sometimes, also, in his discourses delivered to his brethren, the monks of the church of Canterbury, and the clergy and people of that city, he would say : " I have come to you to die among you." And sometimes he would say: "In this church there are martyrs, and, before long, God will increase the number of them." This he said, signifying by what death he should glorify the Lord. At this period Henry, king of England, the father, alleged that the archbishopric of Bourges of right belonged to the dukedom of Aquitaine, but Louis, king of France, in every way opposed that view. In consequence of this, a serious disagreement arose between them, and each raised a large army; upon which, the king of England with his forces marched into Berry, as far as Montluc, with the intention of going still further ; for, relying on the admission of the archbishop of Bourges when on the point of death and stating in his confession that by right the archbishopric of Bourges belonged tb the dukedom of Aquitaine, he was in hopes that he should gain it. However, Louis, king of France, arrived there before him, upon which, the king of England, being deceived in his expectations, granted and accepted a cessation of hostilities until the feast of Saint Hilary. In the year of grace 1171, being the seventeenth year of the reign of king Henry, son of the empress Matilda, the said king was at Bure, in Normandy, on the day of the Nativity of our Lord, being the sixth day of the week; and queen Eleanor and his sons, Bichard, Geoffrey, and John, were with him. In the same year, his son Henry, king of England, was in England. On the same day, the blessed Thomas, the archbishop of Canterbury, being then at Canterbury, after delivering a sermon to the people, excommunicated Bobert de Broc, who, the day before, had cut off the tail of one of his sumpter-horses. 9 5 1 Cor. ix. 27


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