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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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560 ANNALS OE EOGEE BE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1180. is to give his pledge with his sword ; and, after that, he is to find sureties, such as can pay his fine, that is to say, his ' were,' in case they cannot make proof of what they say. Then the slayer is to give his pledge and find sureties that the person was rightfully slain, and deservedly lies buried among robbers,7 and according to law, as being a robber. And then, he is first, to show for what robbery and for what reason he was slain. And if he shall acknowledge that he was taken alive, he is to name a court, and judges, and lawful witnesses of the number of his neighbours. And if these persons shall undertake to prove that justice was rightfully done upon the person as his theft deserved, then his slayer shall be acquitted. In such case they who have made the charge shall forfeit their securities, the same to be paid over to the judges and witnesses. And if it shall be proved that he was unjustly slain, then the slayer shall give pledge to the justice of the bishop, and sureties that he wiH make redress. After this, the justice of the bishop shall cause a procession to be formed, with the priest clad in alb, maniple, and stole, and the elerks in their surplices with holy water and cross, with candlesticks going before, and thurible, fire, and incense. And then, his friends are to bring him forth, and place the dead man on a bier and carry him to the church ; where the mass having been performed for the dead and the other offices performed, they shall inter him as becomes a Christian. Between that day and sixteen days therefrom, the slayer is to pay three fines to the bishop : one, because he has slain a lawful man as a robber ; another, "because he has buried his brother as a robber; which the English eaB 'his emnc-Christen;'8 and the third because he has given security that he would make proof and has not been able so to do. Of Usurers. "King Edward also forbade usurers to remain in his kingdom ; and if any person was convicted of exacting usurious interest, he was to lose all his substance, and be thenceforth considered out of the pale of the law. Eor this king used to assert, that he had heard it remarked, at the court of the king | of the Franks, whUe he was staying there, that usury is the root of aB vices. ' Being buried probably in unconsecrated ground. His brother in Christ.


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