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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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steps to meet them, and said, " Behold, here am I," showing such extraordinary presence of mind, that neither his mind seemed agitated by fear nor his body by trepidation. On this, in the spirit of his frenzy, one of these feU knights made answer to him, " You shall now die, for it is impossible for you to live any longer." To which the bishop made answer, with no less self-possession in his language than in his mind, " I am ready to die for my God, and for asserting justice and the liberties of the Church ; but, if you seek my life, in the name of Almighty God, and under pain of excommunication, I forbid you, in any way, to hurt any other person, whether monk, or clerk, or layman, whether great or small, but let them be as exempt from the penalty as they have been guiltless of the cause." These words of his would serve to express those of Christ in His passion, when He said, " If ye seek me, let these go their way." On this, the knights instantly laid hands on him and seized him, that, for the perpetration of their design, they might drag him out of the church, but were unable so to do. The archbishop, on seeing his murderers with drawn swords, after the manner of one in prayer, bowed his head, uttering these as his last words, " To God and to Saint Mary, and to the Saints, the patrons of this chureh, and to Saint Denis, I commend myself and the cause of the Chureh." After this, amid all these tortures, this martyr, with unconquerable spirit and admirable constancy, uttered not a word or a cry, nor heaved a sigh, nor lifted his arm against the smiter ; but, bowing his head, whieh he had exposed to their swords, held it unmoved until the deed was completed. Upon this, the above-named knights, fearing the multitude of persons of both sexes that came running to the spot, hastened the perpetration of the crime, lest possibly it might be left incomplete, and their intentions be frustrated thereby; and while one of them was extending his arm and brandishing his sword over the head of the archbishop, he cut off the arm of a clerk, whose name was Edward Grimere, and at the same time wounded the anointed of the Lord in the head. Eor this clerk had extended his arm over the head of the father, in order that he might receive the blow as he struck, or rather ward it off thereby. The righteous man still stood ereet, suffering in the eause of righteousness, like the innocent 9 6 St. John iviii. 8.


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