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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 416



A.D. 1198. THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN OPPOSES THE XING. 415 Henry, duke of Saxony, also Count Palatine of the Rhine, the brother of the before-named Otho, after his return from the land of Sulia, sanctioning what had been done with reference to his brother, and expressing his gratification thereat, confirmed his election. But, as Philip, duke of Suabia, son of Frederic, the former emperor of the Eomans, and brother of Henry, emperor of the Romans, lately deceased, was one of the twelve selected, he would not agree to his election, but attacked Otho in every way he possibly could ; and although Otho defeated him in a pitched battle, he still refused to desist from his attempts. In the same year, Aimeric, archdeacon of Durham, disseised the monks of the church of Durham of the vili which is called Hersewell, which Henry Pudsey had given them as a free and perpetual alms-gift, for the maintenance of monks at Finchale, for the service of God. His servants, who had been sent for the purpose of making the said disseisin, broke open the doors of the monks' dwellings, and, with violence, ejected the monks they found there. "When, however, the said Aimeric was asked if this violence had been committed by his orders, he answered, " Ήο :" on which, the monks of Durham, having convened the clergy and people of the city in the church of Saint Cuthbert, excommunicated the perpetrators of this violence, as also their advisers and abettors, with candles lighted and the. great bells of the church ringing. In the same year, Richard, king of England, through Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, required that the people of the kingdom of England should find for him three hundred knights to remain in his service one year, or else give him so much money as to enable him therewith to retain in his service three hundred knights for one year, namely, three shillings per day, English money, as the livery of each knight. "While all the rest were ready to comply with this, not daring to oppose the king's wishes, Hugh, bishop of Lincoln, a true worshipper of God, who withheld himself from every evil work, made answer, that, for his part, he would never in this one matter acquiesce in the king's desires, both because, in process of time, it would redound to the detriment of his church, as also, because his successors would say : " Our fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."69 And, turning to Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, he urgently recommended him to 6 8 Jer. xxxi. 29; Ezek. xviii. 2.


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