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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 352



lands that belong to the king of England on this side the sea, if he should not keep the peace 'which he had promised to our lord of Canterbury of glorious memory ; adding also, that if either of us should be unable or unwilling to take part in carrying out the same, the other should nevertheless obey your commands ; the above-named archbishop of Eouen, after we had caused your letter to be presented to him, signified to us that he would come to the city of Sens, and would act according to the tenor of your mandate. But when he had come thither, together with the bishops of Lisieux, Evreux, and Worcester, and very many others, both clergy as well as laymen, of the household of the above-named king, after many shiftings and excuses on his part, he made answer, that he was on his road to your presence, and felt unwilling to pour forth too bitter a censure upon the abovenamed king. But we being sensible that whoever despises obedience to the Apostolic mandates, incurs the guilt of paganism, according to the tenor of your mandate, with the common advice of our brethren, aB the bishops, and of the abbats of Saint Denis, Saint Germain de Près, Pontigny, Vaucouleurs,3 Le Mans, and several other reBgious and wise men, have pronounced sentence against his lands on this side the sea, and have in your name enjoined the said archbishop and bishops to cause the same to be observed. Por we know that he has neither, as he had promised, restored his possessions, nor had established security for him, as his death gives proof. Through a native of the diocese of Canterbury, whom we sent to him, he has also signified unto us that he had given cause for his death, and that he had had him slain. Por this reason, we do supplicate your clemency, that you wiU ratify the sentence before-mentioned, and, as befits your majesty, and is expedient for the safety of the Church, wiB cause it to be in suchwise observed, that the honor of God and your own wiB may be preserved. And as for ourselves, who embrace your Holiness with that duteousness of which you are so weB aware, we wiB by no means by reason hereof aBow ourselves to bo contemned. We wish you fareweB, and as befits your majesty and holiness, so do." ' The words in the text are, " et Ponti magni Walcellensis ; " it is not easy to say, with certainty, whether one or two abbeys are meant, and whether " Ponti magni" ought not to be '• Pontiniaci."


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