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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 410

A.D. 1197. CELESTINUS OFFERS TO RESIGN THE PAPACY. 409 To the second prayer, our lord the pope made answer, that he could not liberate the said Marchowald of his own authority, without the consent of the people of Eome. To the third prayer, our lord the pope made answer, that he would consent, if it should please his brother cardinals, that Frederic, the son of the before-named emperor, should be crowned king of Sicily ; which coronation accordingly took place, a thousand marks of silver having been given to our lord the pope on his own behalf, and a thousand marks of silver in behalf of the cardinals. The empress, also, made oath, touching the Holy Evangelists, that the said Frederic was issue of the lawful marriage of the said emperor Henry and herself. In the same year, Roger, the brother of Robert, earl of Leicester, being elected bishop of Saint Andrew's, in Scotland, received priest's orders and pontifical consecration from Matthew, bishop of Aberdeen. In the same year, Margaret, formerly queen of England and then queen of Hungary, died at Acre. On the demise of Henry, emperor of the Romans, a great part of Tuscany, which the said emperor and his predecessors had taken from the Roman Pontiffs, was restored to our lord, Celestinus, the Supreme Pontiff, namely, Aquapendente, Saint Crispin, Monte Piascone, Redecoces, and Saintclere, with all their appurtenances ; there were also restored to him Sicily, Calabria, Apulia, and all the territories which had belonged to the king of Sicily, as being the proper patrimony of Saint Peter ; over which, as above-mentioned, he made Frederic, son of Henry, the Roman emperor, king. Shortly after this, our lord the pope, Celestinus, gradually sickened, just before the Nativity of our Lord, and having called before him all the cardinals, recommended them to take measures for the election of his successor ; for he was using every possible endeavour that the lord John de Saint Paul, cardinal priest and titular of Saint Prisca the Yirgin, might succeed him in the papacy, in whose wisdom, sanctity, and justice, he placed great confidence. Indeed, he so greatly loved him beyond the rest, that he had appointed him in his own place to perform every duty except the consecration of bishops, which belonged to the duties of the cardinal bishop of Ostia. The pope also made an offer to resign the papacy, if the cardinals would consent to the election of the said John de Saint Paul. All the cardinals, however, with one voice, made answer, that they would not elect him conditionally, and alleged

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