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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 555



544 ANNALS OF EOGEE DE HOYEDEN. A.D. 1180. support of life. But in many places there are now three or four churches where there was then but one, and thereby their means have become diminished. Of those who have been adjudged by the king's justice to undergo the judgment of iron or of water. " On the day on which the judgment is to be held, the bishop is to come thither with his clergy, and in Bke manner the king's justice with lawful men of that county, who are to see and hear that aB things are done with equity. Those whom the Lord in His mercy, and not through their own merits, shaB think fit to save, are to be unmolested and to depart at liberty, and the king's justice is to pronounce judgment on those whom the iniquities of their crimes and not the Lord has condemned. As to those barons who have jurisdiction over their homagers in their own courts, they are to see that they so act towards them, that they neither incur guBt before God, nor offend the king. And if a trial takes place in any of their courts of those who are homagers of other barons, then the: king's justice must be présentât such trial, inasmuch as, without his presence, the said trial may not be brought to a conclusion. But if any baron shall happen not to have jurisdiction in the hundred where the trial takes place, then the matter is to be brought for judgment to the nearest church where the king's court is held, saving always the right of such barons. Of Saint Peter's Penny, which in England is called Eomescot. " Every person who shaB have Bve stock to the value ol thirty pence on his property belonging to himself, shall, according to the law of the English, give one penny to Saint Peter, and according to the law of the Danes, half a mark. The said penny is to be mentioned on the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and to be collected on the feast which is called that of ' Saint Peter ad Vincula,'** so as not to be withheld beyond that day. If any person shall withhold the same, then the claim is to be brought before the king's justice, inasmuch as this penny is the king's alms ; and the justice is to cause the penny to be paid, as also a fine to the bishop and to the king. And it any person shaB chance to have more houses than one, then aii to that one in which he shaB be residing at the feast of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul he is to pay the penny. ·* Saint Peter in prison.


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