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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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A.D. 1274. DEATH OF THOMAS AQUINAS. the others hare also spiritually received command from the imperial magnificence, that, in respect of all matters which refer to the government of a secular principality, they will open such affairs to your holiness on the part of our God-crowned emperor. But we trust that God, the author of peace, under the influence of his paternal clemency will cover the universe with it, and will cheerfully receive us and our magistrates, who are in a proper frame of mind ; and who invoke your friendship and fatherly protection. I, the ambassador, having (as is shown by the injunctions written below) a sufficient statement of the truth of àie faith here written, as it has been carefully read and faithfully expounded by me, do recognise the sacrament of the Greeks as the true holy catholic faith, in the name of God and our Lord, and' I confess it with heart and mouth, promising to maintain it inviolably as the Holy Roman Church faithfully holds, teaches, and preaches it ; and to persevere in it for ever, and never at any time to abandon it, or in any respect to deviate or differ from it. " I also confess, recognise, accept, and voluntarily receive the primacy of the Holy Roman Church, as is set forth in what has been stated above, coming of my own accord to obedience to that same Church. And I hereby, taking my corporal oath, do promise and confirm all that has been said above, both respecting the truth of the faith, and the primacy of the said Church of Rome, and the recognition of the bishops, promising to accept, receive, observe, and persevere in it : So help me God, and these his sacred gospels. Signed by the scrivener, the sacristan, the keeper of the archives, the great keeper of the tabernacle of that most Holy Church which belongs to the Patriarchate in Constantinople, and John the reader/ The Greeks also brought other letters to the council, which, by reason of their prolixity, we have not inserted. Also after the Greeks there arrived sixteen Tartars, who are also called MoaUians, with letters from their king ; displaying in pompous language, before the council, the power of the MoaUians. These men did not come for the sake of the faith, but with the view of forming a confederacy with the Christians. And the pope received them kindly, and loaded them with presents and honours, and at their request caused those of them who had not been baptized to be baptized with honour. On his journey towards this council of Lyons, the venerable brother Thomas Aquinas, one of the order of Preachers, ended his


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