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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.
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A.D. 1194. LIBERATION OF RICHARD, KING OF ENGLAND. 309 to depose him ; and they in especial, whom he had enriched with the greatest honors, and with inestimable wealth and revenues in the church of York, and beyond what, with due regard to God, he ought to have done. Of such it is, that the Lord saith, " I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me."'* Therefore, let them beware, lest the just Judge despise them, and lest with the traitor Judas they be condemned to hell. These allegations being made, our lord the pope wrote to Hugh, bishop of Lincoln, and his fellow judges, that if there should be any to accuse the archbishop on these charges, they should carefully hear what was alleged on either side, and after enquiry into the truth thereof, send their report, sealed with their seals, to the Apostolic See. But, if no accuser should appear, and the archbishop should be attacked by public rumour, they were to caB upon him to clear himself by the testimony of three bishops and as many abbats. But, as the archbishop had appealed before the citation of the judges, and had proceeded on the road for the purpose of urging his appeal, the said judges, in accordance with the contents of the rescript of our lord the pope, assignedhim a space of three months for the said appeal, appointing the calends of July as the day for his^ippearance. The archbishop, however, did not appear at the time so named, both on account of the king's prohibition, as also by reason of the unwholesomeness of the atmosphere that then prevaBed at Rome. His clerks, however, who were at this time staying at the court of Rome, aBeging the above as the causes of his absence, obtained of the pope, that whatever had been done against the archbishop in the meantime, after his appeal, should be revoked, as being nuB and void ; because it was not his fault that he had not come to the court of Rome ; and the time on which he was to present himself in the ApostoBeal presence was fixed by our lord the pope, upon the octave of the feast of Saint Martin, then next ensuing. But because not even then he appeared in the Roman court, either personaBy, or by sufficient proxy, he was at the Nativity of our Lord next ensuing, suspended from the performance of aB episcopal duties. · The liberation of Richard, king of England. In the meantime, Henry, emperor of the Romans, with the * Is. i. 3.


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