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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 236



done this in a green tree, what will he do in a dry one ?" 3 7 And behold ! under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, all persons meet together from the norths and from the sea, and from all parts of the whole island, and flock in crowds, that the archbishop may be set at liberty. But the cords of his sins tightening apace around the chanceUor, and his conscience strongly accusing him, clad in a coat of mail, hefliesfrom before the faces of men, and hides himself, and shuts himself with his people in the Tower of London. As we entered the city at a late hour, many of his household in arms attacked us with drawn swords, and slew one of our knights, a noble man, and wounded a great number. However, in the morning a councU was held by nearly aU the nobles of the kingdom, in presence of the lord John, the king's brother, the archbishops of Bouen and York, and the bishops of Durham, London, Winchester, Bath, Bochester, Norwich, Lincoln, Hereford, Saint David's, and Coventry ; and in the presence of aU the people of the city, and of the justiciaries of our lord the king, who approved thereof, we did, with the assent of aU, agree that such a person should thenceforth no longer rule in the kingdom of England, by whom the Church of England was reduced to a state of ignominy, and the people to want ; for, to omit other matters, he and his reveUers had so exhausted the whole kingdom, that they did not leave a man his belt, a woman her necklace, a nobleman his ring, or anything of value even to a Jew. He had likewise so utterly emptied the king's treasury, that in aU the coffers and bags therein, nothing but the keys could be met with, after the lapse of these last two years. On the third day he positively promised, and gave his word by one of his followers, in the presence of all, that he would not leave the island until certain castles which he kept in his own hands, and had given into the charge of some foreigners, unknown and obscure persons, and which were then named, should have been fully surrendered by him and given into the charge of certain persons named ; for the performance of which he gave his brothers and his chamberlain as hostages. He then hastened to Canterbury, that there, as became him, he might assume the cross of pilgrimage, and lay aside the cross of the legateship, which for a year and a half since the death of pope Clement, he had wielded to the prejudice of the Church of Borne, and to the detriment of that of England. For aU the « St. Luke xxiii. 31.


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