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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 552



Of the Times and Bays of the King's Protection. "From the Advent of our Lord until the octave of Epiphany there is to be the peace of God and of the Church throughout all the kingdom : and, in like manner, from Septuagesima until the octave of Easter. Likewise, from the Ascension of our Lord until the octave of Pentecost. Likewise, on all the days of the Four Seasons,87 and on all Saturdays, from the ninth hour until Monday. Likewise, on the vigils of Saint Mary, Saint Michael, Saint John the Baptist, of all the Apostles, and of those Saints whose days are announced by the priests on the Lord's Day, and of AB Saints on the calends of November, always from the ninth hour of the vigB and during the subsequent festival. Likewise, in parishes in which the day of dedication is kept. Likewise, in parishes, when the festival of the Saint of the church is celebrated. And if any person comes devoutly to the festival of the Saint, he is to have protection68 in going, staying, and returning. Likewise, for aB Christians, when going to Church for the purpose of prayer, there is to be protection both in going and returning. In like manner, those who are coming to dedications, synods, and chapters, whether they have been summoned, or whether they have themselves to perform any part therein, are to enjoy full protection. Also, if any person who has been excommunicated shaB resort to the bishop for the purpose of absolution, in going and returning he is to have the protection of God and of the Holy Church : and if any person shall do him any injury, the bishop is to do justice upon him. And if any arrogant person shaB refuse to make amends on judgment given by the bishop, then the bishop is to make the same known to the king : and in such case the king wiB compel the offender to make amends to the person to whom he has done such injury, that is to say, in the first place to the bishop, and then to the king ; and thus, in such case, there will be two swords, and the one sword shall aid the other. c' These were the four seasons for fasting prescribed by the early Roman church, styled the Vernal, ^Estival, Autumna l and Hiemal fasts, or the fasts of the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth month ; March being reckoned as the first month. 5 8 In these latter cases, " pax," "peace," or "protection," means merely protection from legal process.


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