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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 477

AÎTIÎALS OP ROGER DE HOYEDEN. A.D. 1200. the value thereof; employing, nevertheless, for the sake of greater precaution, the services of some faithful and discreet laymen therein : which, also, brother archbishops and bishops, we do strictly command you to do. From these general terms, however, we have excepted the Cistercian monks, the Praemonstratensian canons, and the recluses of Grammont and Canterbury, to whom we give, relative to this matter, especial commands. We are also unwilling that those who have taken diligent care to value their revenues and profits shall incur the penalty of transgressing the strict injunctions above given; but those who shall not of their certain knowledge, but rather through ignorance, have subtracted from their fortieth part, shall still, when they shall have afterwards found it out, fully make up for the deficiency they have so made in their payment. If, also, which God forbid, any person shall withdraw, of his own certain knowledge, any portion of the fortieth part so to be paid, the same person, when he shall have made due satisfaction, shall be entirely free from any penalty for such transgression. And let not any one be surprised, or even wonder, that we order this with such strictness, inasmuch as it is an extreme necessity that demands it. For, although obedience to the Divine will ought to be a pleasure, we still read in the Gospel .that, of those invited to the marriage feast, the Lord gave orders that they should be compelled to go in to the same. We do further command that you, brother archbishops and bishops, after exacting and collecting the said fortieth part throughout your dioceses, shall faithfully cause the same, according to the manner above stated, to be deposited in a place of safety, and shall, so soon as can possibly be done, signify unto us, by your letters, and through special messengers, the amount of the whole thereof. For this purpose, we do order that a hollow chest shall be placed in each of your churches, fastened with three keys; the first to be in the hands of the bishop, the second with the priest of the church, and the third with some pious layman, by them to be kept ; and each of the faithful is to be moved to deposit therein alms for the remission of their sins, according as the Lord shall have inspired their minds in relation thereto ; and in all churches mass shall be publicly said once a week for the remission of sins, and especially of those who shall make offerings. We do also grant unto you, brother, archbishops and bishops, that, in relation to those who shall be willing with their property

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