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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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lawful men, set down a hundred acres of land for each carucate of land in cultivation." In the same year, the monks of the Holy Trinity at Canterbury, setting out for Home, made complaint to pope Innocent, that Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, contrary to his orders and his dignity, was acting as justiciary of the kingdom, and as judge in matters of life and death, and was so involved in secular matters, that he could not possibly give attention to the management of the affairs of the church ; it being wisely said, that " When the sense is intent on many objects, it is less intent on each."80 They also laid charges against him, saying, that it was by his command that the peace of the church of Saint Mary at Arches, at London, had been violated, and William Longbeard had been violently dragged therefrom, and tied to horses' tails, and dragged away to the gibbet, together with nine of his associates similarly torn away from that church, and then hanged on the gallows. On this, our lord the pope, with a fatherly exhortation, recommended Richard, king of England, as he valued the safety of his soul, not to allow the said archbishop any longer to discharge secular duties, and in future not to admit him or any other bishop or priest to a secular office ; he also ordered all the prelates of churches, in virtue of their obedience, not with rash presumption to undertake the discharge of secular duties. Accordingly, the archbishop of Canterbury being removed from the management of the kingdom, Geoffrey Eitz-Peter succeeded him in the same. They also accused him, alleging that, to the prejudice of the mother church of Canterbury, he had built a new church at Lambeth, and had placed therein canons secular, endowed with the property and benefices of the monks of Canterbury, and had therein, against the custom and dignity of the church of Canterbury, consecrated bishops ; and that, unless a remedy was speedily put thereto, they feared that the dignity of the church of Canterbury might be diminished, and might appear to be transferred to this apostate chapel. Our lord the pope, being considerably influenced by this, wrote to Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury to the following effect : 7 9 Or more literally, as our law hooks express it, for the " gainage of each carucate." 8 0 " Pluribus inteutus minor est ad singula sensus."


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