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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.
page 471



And with us pontiffs, and with the whole synod, there are also joined the most honourable archdeacon Seversibilis, with the whole of his venerable clergy ; and with them also are those who complete the whole body attached to the great and most holy church of God : namely, the great steward ; the great justice ; the logotheti ; the contrician - the referen r dary ; he who presides over the tribunals ; the magistrate who presides over the secret courts ; the overseer of the sacrifices and apostolic gifts ; the principal of the patriarchal notaries ; the chief of the churches ; the inspector of petitions ; the chief remembrancer ; the doorkeepers ; the patriarchal notaries ; the chief swordbearers ; with the whole presbytery of the ecclesiastical archdeaconry, and all the domestic officers, and all the psalmists and readers. Not only now, but formerly, have we made a great division in the integrity of your most blessed and most holy church, and have utterly wounded the unity of the churches of Christ. " Howie it that we, who belong to one shepherd, are not collected into one and inside of one sheepfold ? and that we do not fulfil one of the commandments of Christ ? But rather choose those things which belong to discord ; and losing the blessing of peace, seek not to find that which was declared to us out of a good zeal ? But there was no one to unite us together, or to blow, as it were, into one blast, the unanimity of every one. And our holy emperor, crowned by God, according to the will of Christ, remarking this, and pondering on it with himself, as was right for liim to do, by the grace of God entrusted this part of the business to some very honourable persons. First of all, he laboured in his own mind how he might act so as not to incline to laxity, till he had united the schism which was dividing the church in perfect unity again. Secondly, he failed not to communicate with us, as indeed he was always desirous to do, showing what designs he cherished in his mind. But when the venerable ambassadors of your holiness brought and presented to him your apostolical letters, then he devoted himself wholly with the more earnestness to further that union of longing souls which your blessedness desires ; and passing over all that might be foreign to the purpose, and considering his own affairs as matters of secondary consideration, he proposed those things which are in unison with your injunctions, and with his own anxious wishes and arrangements. Therefore, he convoked


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