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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.
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eause of his journey. "When the holy man had heard it all he burst into tears, knowing that it was a holy thing to weep with those who weep, and to lament with those who lament. After he had given loose to his tears, the young man tried, by all means in his power, to assuage his sorrow ; on which the aged man said to him, "Return to the city of Constantinople, and prove yourself a man, for the Lord will deliver it into your hands, and you shall rule over it, and shall be emperor, and from you shall emperors proceed, who shall reign after you ; and behold ! Basilius, the patriarch, and the chief men of the empire are seeking you that they may become your subjects, and may have you for their lord and emperor ; therefore attempt not to fly from that which God has prepared and predestined for you." Upon this, Tursakius, believing what he said, departed for the city of Constantinople, in the disguise of a poor man and a beggar. Not daring to discover himself to the people because his hour was not yet come, he remained in the suburbs alone, attended by a single servant, and having but one gelding, and that weak and lame, and there with patience awaited the fulfilment of the promise of the holy man beforemontioned. There he was frequently visited by the chief men of the land and the patriarch, not openly, however, but I D secret, by reason of the fears of the emperor ; who was by this time the object of universal hatred, and was himself the hater of all men. Even the patriarch, who had aided in his elevation, he persecuted to such a degree, as, against his wish, to build a certain noble church in the city, and place therein Latin canons, in consequence of which, to the present day, that ehurch is ealled the " Latin Church." After a considerable time, the aforesaid Androneus, the emperor, goaded by a bad conscience, was desirous, through his magicians, to learn if there was still any person whom there was reason for him to stand in fear of: on which they made answer to him, " Give us a boy without guilt to slay, and a period of three days, and we will give you information on what you ask." Accordingly, a boy without guilt was immediately delivered to them, whom they offered in sacrifice to the demons, and after making lengthened investigation in his blood and entrails by means of their magical arts, discovered by the signs that the close of his rule was nigh at hand, and his death at the gate


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