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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. 1293. KINO EDWARD CITED TO PARIS. 499 " And even if our people, in their own justification, do, as is fitting, seize, take, or occupy, or wish to seize, take,. or occupy, any thing, they resist our people by force, and rescue it, in many places attacking our people without any regard to the time, and assaulting them with arms, and shamefully expelling them, beating them, and by force ejecting them from that territory, and treating others with violence ; so in these and many other particulars stirring up a public sedition against us and our royal prerogatives, to the prejudice of our superior authority, and to the lesion of our royal majesty; and these deeds have been done so long and so notoriously, and are still done every day, so that you cannot with any probability plead ignorance of them. And as, by public rumour, information has reached us that, after many appeals from many of your lieutenants to our court, occasions for appeals being interposed, they, to the great and serious prejudice of our superior authority, and to the contempt of our jurisdiction, have unreasonably and cruelly, without any regard to humanity, and with an open contempt for the reverence due to us, ill-treated those who had appealed to our jurisdiction, and who were exempt by reason of these very appeals, arresting them, and committing them to rigorous imprisonment, as in the case of Grimbald de Tisan, Bernard de Raunhan, Andrew de Baysac, Boniface de Coceti, surnamed Bos, and many others, depriving them of all their property, expelling them from their nouses, estates, and hereditary possessions, mutilating the aforesaid Garsia, hanging several others, such as Arnold de Bordis, Bernard of Pelliferme, and a man called Formage, thrusting forks into their throats, and afterwards openly binding them with cords, so that they could not speak, or appeal, or renew their appeals, and, under pain of hanging, forbidding eome notaries, who were required by the appellants to draw up some public instruments concerning the aforesaid appeals, to draw up any such instruments (the notaries so forbidden being Master Martin Mercer, and many others), and imprisoning others, and detaining them, namely, Master Raymond de Lacussan, advocate, of Anjou, and several others, and torturing them with many kinds of torments, because they said that it was lawful for the people of Guienne, and of the whole territory of Anjou, to appeal from your seneschal to us. On these accounts, we order and command you, under such penalties as you might have been and may be liable to, that, on the twen


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