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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 282



A.D. 1192. CONDUCI OF TEE KING DURING CONFINEMENT. 281 our lord the prince respecting the liberation of our master. And whereas, under all circumstances, the Divine aid of God ought to be implored, we beg that throughout the whole of your diocese you will cause prayers to be put up for him to the Most High. ' The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,'97 and the importunate woman in the Gospel was deemed deserving to be heard, and, as it is there said, Christ raised her son, because for him many tears were shed. Farewell." Accordingly, upon hearing of the confinement of the king, Walter, archbishop of Eouen, and the other justiciaries of our lord the king, sent the abbat of Boxley and the abbat of Pont Robert to Germany, to seek the king of England. After having passed through the whole of Germany, and not finding the king, they entered Bavaria, and met the king at a town, the name of which is Oxefer, where he was brought before the emperor, to hold a conference with him, on Palm Sunday. On hearing that the before-named abbats had come from England, the king showed himself courteous and affable to them ; making enquiries about the state of his kingdom and the fidelity of his subjects, and the health and prosperity of the king of Scotland, in whose fidelity he placed a very strong reBance : on which they testified to what they had heard and seen. A conference accordingly taking place between them, the king made complaint of the treachery of his brother, John, earl of Mortaigne, on whom he had conferred so many favours and boundless honors, and who had thrown himself into the hands of the king of France against him, and, having broken the ties of brotherhood, had made a league with death and a compact with heB. The king, though greatly afflicted upon this subject, suddenly broke forth into these words of consolation, saying, " My brother John is not tho man to subjugate a country, if there is a person able to make the sBghtest resistance to his attempts." During his journey of three days, whBe on the road to meet the emperor, it was the admiration of aB, how boldly, how courteously, and how becomingly he behaved himself, and they judged him worthy of the imperial elevation who so thoroughly understood the arts of command, and how, with uniform seBpossession, to rise superior to the two-faced events of fortune. On a day named, after he had held a conference by messengers with the emperor, they were unable on that day to have an 9 7 James v. 16.


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