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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 449



448 ANN'ALS OF EOGEB DE EOTEDEX. A.D. 1198. the earth, preached in every part, the Lord assisting them and confirming their words by signs attending them. One day the before-named Fulk came to Richard, king of England, and said to him, " I warn thee, Ο king, on behalf of Almighty God, to marry as soon as possible the three most shameless daughters whom thou hast, lest something worse befall thee. Oh, place thy finger on thy lips, for he will prove an accuser who has told the truth. No man is born without faults ; blessed is he who is burdened with the fewest ; and elsewhere are we informed that there is no man hving free from fault." To this the king is said to have made answer : " Hypocrite, to thy face thou hast lied, inasmuch as I have no daughter whatever ;" on which Fulk replied and said, "Beyond a doubt, I do not Be, because, as I said, thou hast three most shameless daughters, of whom one is pride, the second avarice, and the third sensuaBty." Accordingly, having caBed around him many earls and barons who were present, the king said : " Listen, aB of you, to the warning of this hypocrite, who says that I have three most shameless daughters, namely, pride, avarice, and sensuality, and recommends me to get them married : I therefore give my pride to the Knights Templars, my avarice to the monks of the Cistercian order, and my sensuaBty to the prelates of the churches." Oh great disgrace, to create a laugh at the expense of the wretched ! After this, Fulk, leaving the king, departed, preaching the word of God from city to city; and when, so preaching the word of God, he had entered the city of Lisieux, the clergy of that city, whose unclean lips this man, fiBed with the Holy Ghost and good works, had reproved, laid hands on him, and, binding him with chains, threw him into prison. But neither chains nor prisons could restrain him, and so, being permitted to depart, he came to Caen, preaching the word of God, and did many miracles in the sight of the people. The keepers, however, of the castle, thinking that it would please the king, laid hands on him, and, placing him in fetters, threw him into prison ; but bursting forth from the prison and the fetters, he came forth unharmed, and went his way rejoicing that he had been deemed worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Christ, and, going from the castle, he shook the dust from off his feet as a testimony against them. In the same year, on the fifth day before the ides of


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