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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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emoluments, and from every one not resident one half, adding, that he also thought fit to appropriate the possessions of those who died intestate ; therefore, on the part of the whole population, notice was given to the cardinals also, by the same messengers who bore the afore-mentioned letters to the lord the pope, in this form :— The Letter sent to the cardinale for the same reason. "T o the most reverend fathers and lords in Christ, the cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, their devout, &c, &c, wish health, due reverence, and honour. With humble supplications we have betaken ourselves to your whole body, as to the foundations which eupport the church of God, and we earnestly entreat you, that, condescending to investigate the grievances to which we are subjected, you will be willing to aid us, so that upon the repeated injuries which have befallen the Anglican Church in past days, it may be able to obtain a respite, and that, in consequence of your conduct to us, we may be bound to rise up before you, giving you all due thanks ; for, from the time of the last Lateran Council, first of all a twentieth was exacted for three years, as an aid to the Holy Land ; afterwards, a tenth was required for the support of the lord the pope ; afterwards, on other requirements," &c. Concerning the contribution of eleven thousand marks sent by the English to the pope as an aid to him. But when all this had been heard, the court of Rome got furious, and grieved at its avarice being accused and bridled. And the pope and the cardinals, fearing lest dangerous confusion should overwhelm them, which appeared to be impending from such a threatening, did not entirely cease to oppress the kingdom and church of England, (for their want of paternal affection did not permit them to do this), but still they restrained the rigour which has been described with so much moderation, that they reduced the subsidy which they had previously demanded to a sum of eleven thousand marks. On which demand, the bishops of England assembled, and taking counsel, and deliberating, with respect to the repression of the persecution of the Roman church, they, although it seemed a burdensome thing to them, nevertheless consented to contribute the before-mentioned sum of money to the lord the pope. But in that very council they excluded all the abbots of England, whom they picked out, to be especially exposed


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