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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 553



Of the jurisdiction of the Holy Church. " Wherever the king's justice shall hold his sittings, or whoever the person whose cause he shall be occupied with, if a person sent by a bishop shall come there and open a cause of the Holy Church, the same is to be first brought to a conclusion ; for it is just that God should be everywhere held in honor before man. Of all who hold of the Chureh. " Whoever shall hold anything of the Church, or shall have a tenement upon the lands of the Church, he shall not, though he may have committed an offence, be forced to plead out of the ecclesiastical court, unless, which God forbid, there shall have been a miscarriage of justice in such ecclesiastical court. Of the accused who take refuge with the Church. " Whatever accused or guilty person shall flee to a chureh for the sake of protection, from the time that he shall have reached the porch of such church, he shall on no account be seized by any one pursuing him, except only by the bishop or by his servant. And if, on his flight, he shall enter the house of a priest or his court-yard, he is to have the same security and protection as he would have had in the church, supposing always, that the priest's house and court-yard are standing upon the land of the Church. If the person is a thief or burglar, that which he has wrongfully taken, if he has it in his possession, he is to restore, and if he has entirely made away with it, and has anything of his own by which to make restitution, he is to make restitution in full to him whom he has injured. And if the thief has thus acted according to his usual practice, and shall happen to have frequently made his escape to churches and priests' houses, then, after making restitution of what he has taken away, he is to abjure that county, and not to return thereto ; and if he does not61 make restitution, no one is to presume to harbour him, unless with leave granted by the king. Of breach of the Protection of the Church. " If any person shall by force violate the protection of the Holy Church, the same belongs to the jurisdiction of the bishops. And if the guilty person shall, by taking to flight or by arro-> gantly slighting it, despise their sentence, then complaint is to 6 7 The " nisi" in the text of Iloveden is preferable here to " si forte" in that of Wilkius.


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