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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 354



might be ascribed to me as being done through hatred, and the bearers of these presents will recount it more at large, and with greater precision ; from their relation you will learn how great an accumulation of grief, how vast a calamity has befallen the universal Chureh, and the martyr of Canterbury. This calamity, with due regard to her honor, the mother Church of Home cannot conceal from herself. For whatever is dared to be done against an only daughter, the same extends to her parent as well, nor without injury to the mother is the daughter made captive. TTnto you, therefore, does the blood of the righteous man ery aloud, demanding vengeance. May then, holy father, the Almighty Father aid and counsel you, who gave the blood of His Son to the world, that He might wipe away the guilt of the world, and cleanse the spots of our sins. May He both instil into you a wish for vengeance, and the power of obtaining it, that so the Church, put to confusion by the magnitude of this unheard-of crime, may have reason to rejoice at the condign punishment thereof." The Letter of William, archhishop of Sens, to our hrd the pope, against the king of England, in relation to the death of the Messed Thomas. " To his most loving father and lord, Alexander, by the grace of God Supreme Pontiff, "William, the humble servant of the church of Sens, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, with all service of due obedience. AVhile writing these lines, or rather before I had begun to write them, I stopped short and hesitated, being greatly in doubt in what kind of language I could present to the eyes of your clemency the atrocity of the crime lately perpetrated, and the enormity of the offence so Ipeently committed. And, indeed, I believe that the outcry of the world must have already filled the ears of your Holiness, who have your seat upon the watch-tower of the world, how that this, not king of the English, but enemy rather of the English and of the whole body of Christ, has lately committed wickedness against the holy one, the son of your right hand, whom you had confirmed unto yourself. His departure from this world, and the mode of his departure, even though perchance you may have heard from the diverse or adverse relation of any persons, I will faithfully and conscientiously relate what has been signified unto me by those who were present, and, in


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