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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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were to remain contented solely with the name of king. On which they received for answer that those ought to be called kings who watch, defend, and govern the Church of God and His people, in imitation of the Royal Psalmist, who says, ' He that worketh vanity shall not dwell in my house.'86] Of the guilty condemned by Law who hate recourse totìieIcing's mercy. " If a person guilty of a capital offence shall ask the king's mercy for his crime, in his fear of death or of loss of limb, the king may, by the law of his dignity, pardon him if he pleases, even though he be deserving of death. The malefactor, however, shall make redress, so far as he shall be able, for the offence of which he has been guilty, and shall give sureties that he will keep the peace and observe the laws ; and if such sureties shall not be forthcoming, he shall be banished the country. What those are to do whom the Icing shall think proper to deliver from death. " The king has also another prerogative of mercy as to those who are under arrest. For wherever he shall come, whether into city, borough, castle, vili, or even in the road, if a person shall be under arrest, it is in his power, by a single word, to release him from such arrest. The person released shall, however, "Ί make satisfaction to the person against whom the crime was committed. But as to a murderer, traitor, or criminal of that description, although the king shall pardon them as to life and limb, they shall on no account with the sanction of the law remain in the country ; but shall immediately make oath that . they will go to the sea-shore within a time prescribed to them • bjnhe justice, and will immediately, as soon as they find a ship and a fair wind, cross the seas. And if, being forsworn, they shall afterwards remain in this country, whoever shall be able to find them, may execute summary justice on them without judgment pronounced; and if any person shall gratuitously harbour them for a single night only he shall be fined according to the greater law of the English or of the Danes, on the second occasion twofold, and for the third offence he shall be adjudged to be the associate and accomplice of malefactors. 0 6 Psalm ci. 7. Our version has it, " He that worketh deceit."


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