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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 309



put off the day of the liberation of the king of England, and appointed another day for his liberation, namely, the day of the Purification of Saint Mary, and at Mentz. In the meantime, Geoffrey, archbishop of Tork, on the eighth day before the Nativity of our Lord, came to York, and, by the advice of prudent men, appointed ministers for the metropolitan church of York, which he found deserted, in order that they might, as was fitting, perform Divine service in the said church. And this was accordingly observed, until the canons and their chaplains, by means of the influence and violence of the laity, were restored. After this, four of the chief men of the church, who, in consequence of the suspension of service in the said church, had been excommunicated, crossed over to the king who was then set at liberty, and, receiving permission from him, because he was angry that the archbishop had not come as he had been commanded by him, set out for Rome. Against them, deputies were also sent thither by the archbishop. Each side accordingly appearing in presence of pope Celestinus, the election of the dean was discussed at great length, and after due deliberation, as it was acknowledged to have taken place after appeal duly made, it was therefore to be annulled, or rather to be pronounced as having been null and void. Our lord the pope, also, being wishful for the present to avoid pronouncing a decision in the matter, whether the presentation to the deanery of right belonged to the archbishop or to the chapter, relying on his own power, the extent of which it is lawful for no one to question, saving always for the future the rights both of the archbishop as also of the chapter, gave the deanery to the before-named Simon of Apulia, and confirmed, and with his golden ring invested him with the same. This matter being thus disposed of, they immediately proceeded to slander and accusations against the said archbishop, declaring that he was a violent spoliator of themselves and the other clergy, a dishonest extortioner, that he had with an armed band broken open the doors of churches, had simoniacally divided and retained in his own hands ecclesiastical benefices, that he had paid no regard to appeals, and had set at nought the privileges of the Roman Pontiff, and, to express it in a few words, asserted that he quite despised his duties as archbishop, and was devoted to hawking, hunting, and other military pursuits. For these, and for other reasons, they sought


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