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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 71



ro ANNALS OP ROGER DE HOVEDEN*. A.D. 1187. the said monks complaining in consequence thereof, pope Urban forbade that this should be done, and thus the persons who had built the place expended their labour in vain. However, the said archbishop transferred this building to Lamhe,64* which is on the other side of the Thames, opposite to "Westminster. In the same year, Bichard, earl of Poitou, assumed the cross of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Letter of pope Gregory the Eighth to all thefaithful in Christ. " Gregory, the bishop, servant of the servants of God, to all the faithful in Christ, to whom these presents shall come, health and the Apostolic benediction. On hearing of the severity of the tremendous judgment which the hand of God has inflicted upon the land of Jerusalem, both we and our brethren have been put to confusion with terror so extreme, and afflicted with sorrows so great, that it did not readBy suggest itself to us what we were to do, or what indeed we ought to do. We only called to mind the words of the Psalmist, where he laments and says,65 ' Ο God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance : thy holy temple have they defiled, they have laid Jerusalem in heaps.6' The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.' For, taking advantage of the dissensions, which, through the wickedness of men, at the suggestion of the DevB, had arisen throughout the earth, Saladin came with a multitude of troops to those parts, and, being met by the king, the bishops, Templars, Hospitallers, earls, and barons, with the people of the land, together with the Cross of our Lord (through which, by the remembrance of Christ and faith in Him who hung therefrom and redeemed mankind, there used formerly to be assured protection, and a defence now vainly regretted against the assaults of the Pagans) part of our people were there slain, the Cross of our Lord was captured, the bishops slaughtered, the king made prisoner, and nearly aB either slaughtered with the sword or taken by the hands of the enemy, so much so, that it is said that but very few escaped. The Templars also, and HospitaBers, were beheaded in his presence. How, after they had vanquished our army, they subsequently attacked and gained possession of aB M 65 M * Lambeth. Psalm lxxix. 1,2. These words in our version appear in the text as " in pomorum custodian.."


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