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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 357



forth your entrails therefrom, and has trodden them under foot on the earth ; who has also, by the hands of I know not what uneircumeised and unclean wretches, so perfidiously, so inhumanly, slaughtered your son, whom alone you loved as though a mother ; neither fearing to commit violence upon the father, nor taking compassion upon his age. Wherefore, those to whose ministry you have succeeded, to their zeal sueeeed as well. And, inasmuch as you see the wickedness of Ahab, let emulation of Elias move you. Ahab slew [Naboth] and took possession ; but, if we carefully weigh all the circumstances of the crime perpetrated by Ahab, Ahab is justified before this man. For this crime is one that by far deserves the first place among all the crimes of the wieked that are read of or related ; as, all the wickedness of Nero, the perfidiousness of Julian, and even the sacrilegious treaehery of Judas does it exceed. For look at this, and consider—what a personage, in what a church, what a time, too, for perpetrating the erime did he made choice of; namely, the Nativity of our Lord, the day after the feast of the Holy Innocents ; so that, sinee the old one, in our days a new Herod has risen up. The protection, too, that was publicly granted to him failed to recall the traitor from the commission of this wickedness. As though, too, of himself he was not sufficiently mad, he has had eneouragers, who have given horns to a sinner, those false brethren, men to be detested by all churches throughout the world, namely, that devil Roger, the arehbishop of York, Gilbert, bishop of London, and Joeelyn, bishop of Salisbury, not bishops but apostates ; 4 who have not secretly sold your son, their brother, but, in truth, have slain him, fearing neither the curse of the aged father, nor having regard for his sorrows or his age. That their life, both now and always henceforth, may be passed in bitterness, and their memory may be visited with eternal maledictions, may, Holy Father, your authority and your severitv equallv effect. Holy Father, we bid your Holiness farewell." In the meantime, Retrod, arehbishop of Rouen, Gilles, bishop of Evreux, and Roger, bishop of Worcester, with Richard Barre, and some others of the clerks and household of the king of England, set out to wait upon the Roman Pon * It is pretty clear that " postaticos " is a misprint for " aposlaticos."


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