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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 167



dispensation for the same. And as it is onr wish that such a dower shall be assigned to her as shall befit an illustrious lady and the daughter of a mighty king, we do engage, on behalf of our said nephew, that such a dower shall be provided for her out of the dukedom of our said nephew, and the same we have caused to be sworn at the present time by our faithful servants before named, and do engage that the same shall be given by our said nephew ; and we admit that we have received for the use of our nephew, from your mightiness, a sum for the said marriage, that is to say, twenty thousand ounces of gold ; this also being a part of the agreement, that if, which may heaven prevent, either shall die in the meantime, or if, through the fault of our nephew, or of ourselves, or of his people, the said marriage shall not take place, then, in such case, we or our heirs will, without any demur thereto, repay to you or to your heirs the above-mentioned sum of money in full. Moreover, as to the said matters, that is to say, the treaty of peace which we have ratified and confirmed with you, and as to repayment of the said sums of money, in case from the before-named causes intervening the said marriage shall not take place, we do give our lord the pope and the Church of Rome as our sureties ; to the end that if, which may God forbid, the said peace should chance to be violated on our part, the Church of Rome shall have power, by stringent measures, to coerce both ourselves and our territories. In like manner, also, he shall have full power to compel ourselves and our nephew to contract the said marriage, or in case, by reason of the causes before-mentioned, the said marriage should not take place, to compel us, or our heirs, or territories, to repay the said sum of money. That this, also, we will do, the Roman church being our surety, we have bound ourselves by the oaths of the persons above named, according to the tenor of the words contained in the instru ment which we have sent to you, sealed with our seal. Moreover, if, in case of our dying without heirs [our issue], he shall succeed to our throne by hereditary right, then we do assign to her from our kingdom the following dower, that is to say, the ancient and customary dower of the queens of England." The form of the treaty made upon oath between Richard, kingof England, and Tancred, king of Sicily. "I, Έ., do "swear upon these Holy Gospels of God, that my lord Richard, king of England, shall from this hour forward


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