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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 511



That tournaments shall not be held. " fontmuing in the footsteps of popes Innocent and Eugenius, of blessed memory, our predecessors, we do forbid those detestable revels and shows, which are eommonly called tournaments, at which, by proclamation, knights are wont to meet together, and rashly engage with each other, to show off their prowess and valour, and from which, deaths of men and perils to souls do so often ensue. And, if any one of such persons shall meet with his death on such an occasion, although absolution is not denied him, still he is to be deprived of Christian burial. On keeping the truces. " We do order truces to be inviolably observed by all persons from the fourth day of the week after sunset, until the seventh day of the week after sunrise, both from the Advent of our Lord until the octave of Epiphany, and from Septuagesima until the octave of Easter. And if any person shall attempt to break such truce, if after the third warning he shall not make reparation, then his bishop is to pronounce sentence of excommunication, and announce the same in writing to the neighbouring bishops. And no bishop is to receive him who is thus excommunicated to communion ; but, on the contrary, each is to confirm the sentence, the copy of which he has received. And if any one shall presume to violate this command, then let him be subject to the peril of losing his orders. And, inasmuch as a threefold rope is broken with difficulty, we do order that bishops, having respect only to God and the salvation of the people, and all cupidity apart, shall use their advice and assistance for the purpose of the strict maintenance of peace, and not neglect the same through love or hatred for any person whatsoever. And if any one shall be found to be lukewarm in this work of God, he is to submit to the loss of his own dignity. On annulling ordinations made by Anti-popes. " Re-enacting that which was done by our predecessor, pope Innocent, of blessed memory, we do pronounce the ordinations made by Octavianus and Guido, the heresiarchs, as also by John of Struma, their follower, to be null and void, as also ordinations made by the persons so ordained by them ; and we do further add, that those who have received ecclesiastical dignities or benefices, by means of the aforesaid schismatics,


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