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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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474 ILLTTKKW OF TfEBTMTJSrSTEB. A.D . 1281, caused a crucifix to be borne before him in the province of Canterbury ; and therefore a prohibition was issued by the archbishop of Canterbury, against any one selling victuals to the archbishop of York, or having any dealings with him. About the time of the festival of Saint reter ad Vincola, the coinage was changed for the better. For, because a penny had been used to be divided into two parts for halfpence, and into four parts for farthings, it was now ordered that, for the purpose of removing all opportunity of clipping the coins, the pence, halfpence, and farthings, should aU be round. Many noble and powerful lords from foreign countries, and many native nobles, met at the Bound Table at Warwick, the captain of which was the lord Roger de Mortimer. Against the members of the religious orders. A.D . 1280. The king, and prelates, and nobles of England, agreed together, and enacted, that the members of the religious orders should not be enriched by any increase of landed estates, saying, that it was to the detriment of the kingdom and of military service, that the mihtary fees and other possessions had fallen into the dead hands of the religious orders ; not understanding, perchance, that the army of the Amalekites was overthrown rather by the prayers of Moses, than by the valour in combat of the children of Israel. In the month of February, there were seen eight semicircles around the sun, joined back to back. On the twenty-second of August, pope Nicholas the Third died, and was succeeded on the twenty-second of February by Simon, before mentioned, who assumed the name of Martin the Fourth. A council is held at Lambeth. A.D . 1281, after the feast of Saint Michael, brother John of Peckham, archbishop of Canterbury, held a provincial council at Lambeth, and there he published a famous declaration in the following form, against those who pleaded exemptions and refused to come to the council " Brother John, by divine permission, archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England, to the venerable brother, the lord Richard of Gravesend, bishop of London, sendeth greeting and sincere charity in the Lord. Being lately, as you know, about to hold a provincial council at Lambeth, with the venerable college of our brother bishops, we considered it


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