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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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he permitted the aforesaid prince to return to those parts, after having been carefully instructed his duty. By a formal sentence depriving his successors for ever of the title of prince, and reserving ail the rest of the territories of Wales which he had lately made himself master of for himself and his successors, the kings of England. The Tartars or Moallians made themselves masters of the Holy Land, having slain the soldan of Babylon with many thousand Saracens. The king deprives same monasteries of their liberties. A.D . 1278. King Edward, wishing to increase the royal dignity, deprived by his judicial sentence many famous monasteries which had been established in England of their accustomed and ancient privileges. Therefore, the abbot and convent of Westminster, in which the aforesaid king had received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and consecration, and in which also the bodies of his father, king Henry of pious memory, and of his children were buried, were compelled to submit their liberties in the matter of the return o f briefs, which they had specially obtained by charter from king Henry, his aforesaid father, a very long time before, to the king's authority, after having long defended them at law, in consequence of the violent opposition made to them by the citizens of London ; but, however, the king subsequently regranted them to the aforesaid church by his especial grace. Roger, bishop of Norwich, and Walter de Martin, bishop of Rochester, departed this life, and were succeeded respectively in the church of Norwich by Master William de Middleton, archdeacon of Canterbury, and in that of Rochester by a monk of the same church. Robert, archbishop of Canterbury, having been released from the burden of his archbishopric by pope Nicholas the Third, was summoned to assume the rank of cardinal. After which promotion, the monks of Canterbury demanded lord Robert Burnel, bishop of Bath and WeUe, and the king's chancellor, as their archbishop ; which demand, however, was quashed by the supreme pontiff, and brother John of Peckham, one of the order of Minor Brothers, a man of the most perfect learning, tinted by the Roman court to be the shepherd of the church of Christ at Canterbury. In the month of August, Rodulph, king of Germany, slew


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