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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 480



A.D. 1200. TRVCE OF THE KINGS OF CASTILLE AND AEEAGON. 479 hardened, he coidd be prevailed upon neither by kind nor by harsh measures, to get rid of his adulteress, and take once more his lawful wife : on which, Peter de Capuà, the before-named cardinal and legate of the Apostolic See, pronounced sentence of interdict on the kingdom, of, .France, and took his departure, commanding the clergy, in virtue of their obedience, to allow no Divine service to be performed, except baptism and confession ; but pope Innocent, on confirming this sentence, excepted therefrom all who had assumed or should assume the Cross of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, enacting that they might hear mass, and have Christian burial, while all others were to go without the mass and Christian burial. When, however, the king of France remained immoveable in his evil purposes, our lord the pope proposed to revoke the sentence of interdict, and to excommunicate the king of France, saying, " It is better that one should be punished, than that the whole nation should perish."46 On hearing this, the king of France repeatedly sent envoys to the Supreme Pontiff1, requesting that the sentence of interdict might be revoked ; and, although he suffered a repulse a first and second time, still, at last, it was definitely arranged by our lord the pope, envoys from tho king of France acting in his behalf in presence of our lord the pope and the cardinals, that the king of France should put away his adulteress, and take again his wife Botilda, and treat her honorably as a queen and as his wife ; and if during the next year the king of France should wish a divorce to be effected between them, the same should be signified to the king of Denmark and the other friends of the queen, when and where the king of France should desire the said divorce to be effected, if the same ought of right to be effected, in order that the queen's friends might be able to attend ; and the same was to be signified to our lord the pope and the court of Rome, in order that discreet men might be present -on their behalf, to the end that a divorce of such solemn nature might be legally accomplished. In the same year, Sancho, king of Navarre, hearing of the losses and mischiefs that were inflicted upon his territories by Alphonse, king of Castille, and the king of Arragon, who had gained possession of nearly the whole thereof, returned from Africa, and, again entering his territories, made a truce with the said kings, his adversaries, to last for the space of three years. 4 5 An adaptation of St. John, xi. 50.


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