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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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place at midnight, which lasted a long time, on the sixteenth of April. Having made himself master of the castle of Roch Audley, the king of France soon afterwards took the valley of Rodai, and many other fortresses ; and Rouen, which was still in suspense, a truce having been granted to that city by the king of France for a large sum of money, although a little before this some persons had engaged most positively for the loyalty of that city, submitted entirely to the power of the king of France about the time of the feast of All Saints ; and when king John heard of this, he laughed and threatened, swearing by the feet of God, that the sterling money of England should restore everything. Simon de Welles was made bishop of Chester, Baldwin, count of Flanders, was made emperor of Constantinople ; Eleanor, queen of England, died ; the abbey of Battle, a royal palace, was founded by king John. Of the error of the monks of Canterbury in the matter of the election of an archbishop. A.D. 1205. Peter de Roches returned from the countries beyond the sea ; he was a native of Poitou, of more experience in warlike than in scholastic affairs ; he was consecrated by the lord the pope Innocent, on the twenty-fifth of September. Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, died, on the twenty-ninth of June ; and Savaric, bishop of Bath, on the twenty-seventh of July. But the monks of Canterbury, fearing lest the king should, after his usual fashion, hinder their election, without inquiring the king's pleasure, elected Reginald, their subprior, archbishop, and having sung the hymn " Te deum Laudamus" at midnight, they placed him first of all oh the greater altar, and after that in the archiépiscopal throne, which was done secretly, because the monks were afraid that if the election which had thus been made without the king*s consent became known to the king, he in his anger would hinder the further progress of the matter. On which account, the very same night, the same subprior, having first made a declaration upon oath that he would not consider himself as elected without the license and special letters of the convent, and that he would not promulgate to any one the letters of the convent about what had been done, which he had in his possession, took with him some monks of the convent, and set out for the court of Rome, which was done, that the election


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