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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 80



A.D. 1188. SUBSIDY FOB THE LAND OF JERUSALEM. The king of England, on hearing of this, returned into Normandy, and a conference being held between him and the king of Prance, between Gisors and Trie, on the twelfth day before the calends of February, being the day of Sjmt^Agnes^the VirgÎn--antrTŒârfyr,'" they met thuW, together with the'arch"bishops, bishops, earls and barons of their kingdoms. At this interview, the archbishop of Trie was present, who, filled with the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, in a wonderful manner preached the word of Gôd beiore tae to turaMTKeir hearfiTto assujgtffg the cross^^d those who before wci'c cuciniuiÇatlEs preach friends on that same day, and from his hands received the cross ; while at the same hour there appeared the sign of the cross above them in the heavens ; on beholding which miracle multitudes of persons rushed in whole troops to assume the cross. The kings before-named, on assuming the cross, for the purpose of-^cógnìzing their various nations, adopted distinguishing signs for themselves and their people. For the king of France and his people wore red crosses ; the king of England with his people white crosses ; while Philip, earl of Flanders, with his people, wore green crosses. After this, they departed, each to his own country, for the purpose of providing all necessaries for themselves and the expedition. Accordingly, Henry king of England, after he had thus assumed the cross, came tò Le Mans, where, on his arrival, he gave orders that every one should give a tenth part of his revenues in the present year, and of his chattels, by way of alms, as a subsidy to the land of Jerusalem, the following articles being excepted therefrom : the arms, horses, and garments of men-at-arms, and the horses, books, clothes, vestments, and all kinds of sacred vessels belonging to the clergy, as also all precious stones belonging to either the clergy or laity ; excommunication having been first pronounced by the archbishops, bishops, and rural deans,78 in each parish against every one who should not lawfully pay his before-mentioned tithe in the presence and at the assessment of those whose duty it was to be present thereat. Further, the said money was to be collected in each parish in the presence of the priest of the parish, the rural dean, one Templar, one Hospitaller, one member of the household of our 7 9 It is not improbable that at this period these were the persons called " Archipresbyteri." At an earlier time, they were the bishop's deputies in the performance of the cathedral duties.


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