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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 495



484 AITNALS OF KOGEE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1178. with his disciples and his doctrines ; so much so that, through fear of him, no one in the city dared offer any resistance to him. Even upon our entry into the city, such great licence did the heretics everywhere enjoy, that even, going straight before us along the streets and lanes, they would laugh in their sleeves, and point us out with remarks and their fingers ; crying out that we were apostates, hypocrites, heretics. But in process of time, and on a respite being afforded us, in a few days one of us was enjoined to use the words of exhortation, and to discourse on the rule of faith before the infidel multitude. AVherefore, on using orthodox discourse in preaching to the people, the sinners were alarmed in Sion, and trembling came upon the hypocrites ; so much so, that they who before had closed the mouths of the speakers, now did not dare to appear before the speakers. One seeing or hearing might instantly have observed foxes transformed into moles, and whereas hitherto they had with impunity run to and fro before the pubKc, now they dived down into their hiding-places in the ground, and into their subterranean cefls, in order that, in the bowels of the earth, they might gnaw and destroy the sacred plants, which they now no longer dared openly to crop. But, lest this leopard of various colours might betray himself by the spots on his skin, by their crafty inventions they adopted a wicked mode of expression, in order that, on being brought to the test of discussion, for the purpose of aping our confirmed belief in the true faith, they might lyingly assert that they beHeve whatever wc believe. Erom that day, therefore, our lord the legate and the rest of us who thought fit to meet these wfld beasts openly, for the purpose of making examination of those whom fear and confusion had thrust down grovefling into the very centre of the earth, turned our whole attention, and used aB our endeavours that, even by compulsion, they should come forth into public, and, in the light, reject the works of darkness. Accordingly, it came to pass that, by command of the legate, the bishop made oath, as also some of the clergy and the chief men of the city, and other men in the city who were attached to the true faith, and whom no manner of perfidy on their part had as yet aspersed, that they would give to us in writing the names of all whom they had hitherto known or might happen to know in future, who were accompBces in, or promoters of, this heresy, and would spare no


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