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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 388



A.D. 119G. EAKL 0 Γ LEICESTEB LIBERATED FEOM CAPTIVITY. 387 to him, by Walter the archbishop of Rouen, for that part of the archbishopric which lies in Prance, namely, in the French Vexin. However, the archbishop of Rouen, seeing that this was grievous and disgraceful to himself, appealed to our lord the pope, as to the interests of his church, and departed, fearing lest his lord, the king of England, would compel him to do this, to gain the favour of the king of France. 0 ambition, how ever blind! Ο presumption most disgraceful! O, how much does he lose of his right, who grasps at what is not his right! For Philip, king of France in attacking an earthly kingdom, assaults a heavenly one; hankering after things worldly he rushes upon things Divine ; doomed to wickedness, prompt to run into peril, ready for criminality, he considers not the cause of innocence, repudiates all justice, confounds right and wrong ; vice is his companion, equity is his hate, iniquity is ever his friend; he lives by slaughter, he fortifies himself by bloodshed, he reigns amid cruelty, with him everything is determined by death, nothing is settled by love." " If Jove should hurl his thunders as oft as men should sin, in a short time he would be disarmed."48 However, in process of time, the king of France repented that he had made such an agreement with the king of England, and, collecting a large army, laid siege to Aumarle ; on which, the king of England ordered seizure to be made in every place in his dominions, on either side of the sea, of all the goods and possessions of the abbats of Marmoutier, Cluny, Saint Penis, and la Charité. For the said abbats were sureties to the king of England, that the king of France would observe the above-named treaty ; and if he should not do so, they Avere to pay to the king of England fifteen thousand marks. In the same year, Robert, earl of Leicester, after giving to Philip, king of France, two thousand marks of silver, and quitting claim to him of his castle of Pascy, was liberated from captivity. In the same year, the king of England sent Philip, the bishop elect of Durham, and the abbat of Caen to England, for the purpose of making enquiry as to the levies of the justices and the sheriffs, and their servants ; but while the said abbat of Caen, on the Lord's day, being the day of thé Passion of our Lord, was dining with Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, and 4 8 A quotation from Ovid :— " Si quoties peccant homines sua fulmina mittat, Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit." c c 2


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