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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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eldest son ; so that, to the admiration of the French, he afforded an admirable and honourable spectacle to all be holders. And the lady Blanche went to meet him on his honourable approach, with the greatest reverence, applauding him, and offering him valuable presents, as a kinswoman would to her kinsman, or rather as a mother would to her only son. The bishop of Lincoln was the only person the cause of whose crossing the sea was generally known, it being in order to meet those whom he was summoning to the court of Rome, who, on account of the unprecedented grievances which were inflicted, and still threatened to be inflicted on them, appealed to the Apostolic See, to wit, those who were exempt, the Templars, Hospitallers, and many others, who afterwards, by an intervention of money, prudently purchased themselves peace from the lord the pope, according to the advice of the heathen judge, " Seek assistance under an unjust law." And thus the bishop, being disappointed in his object, returned in confusion to his own home. Earl Richard crossed the sea with great glory and honour ; and being attended by his eldest son, Henry, and a numerous household, very royally provided with caparisoned horses, and garments of rare beauty, traversed France and came to Lyons, where the pope was staying at that time. And when he came thither, nearly all the cardinale went to meet him with great respect. But the bishop of Lincoln had arrived there already ; who, after many had reconciled themselves to the pope, and purchased peace of him, querulously reproached the pope, saying, " My lord, I thought that by the aid of your command 1 should chastise all those of whom I complained, and should by force have recalled them from their errors ; and behold ! the last error is become worse than the first. For every one has bought himself off, and you open your bosom to all who offer you money ; by which my authority is weakened, and my designs are frustrated." To whom the pope replied, " My brother, thou hast delivered thine own soul. What is it to thee, if of our grace we have shown them favour? Is thine eye evil because I am good ?" And so the bishop departed, being disappointed in his designs ; though others were greatly annoyed and injured on account of this circumstance. About the same time, William of Holland, king of Germany, having been defeated and crushed, although the pope had given, him great assistance, Frederic triumphantly exercised


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