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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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the Apostolic See notwithstanding. Moreover, as every one was prohibited, under pain of imprisonment, from promulgating any sentence of excommunication against the king, or against those persons who had already sought his protection, they all appealed for themselves and their fellows to the Roman court, and then withdrew with burdened consciences, in consequence of the bishop saying, " Let every one save his own soul." At that time a proclamation was made throughout England by the voice of a crier, that the owners of wools should expose them for sale within a month, in cities named for the purpose, otherwise that the wools should all belong to the king as forfeited. And indeed, on the day of Saint Gregory, having been cunningly collected in the manner before mentioned, they were transported into Flanders as having become the king's by forfeiture. By these and other extortions the earls and barons of England were greatly disturbed, and appointed a parliament of their own, to be held in the forest of Wyre, which is in the Marches. And on the morrow of Saint Botolph's festival, the king, coming to Westminster, offered to the blessed king Edward, by whose merits he had acquired the regalia of the kingdom of Scotland, a throne and sceptre and crown of gold. On the day after the Translation of the blessed Thomas the Martyr, the earls and barons having been summoned to London, in accordance with a command given by the king to his constable, the earl of Hereford, and his marshal, the earl of Norfolk, to make the laity, assembled in their presence at Saint Paul's, give in an account of how many knight's equipments each person could furnish for the king's service when he should proceed to war. But the two earls replied to this command by entreating the king to impose this duty on some other officers of his household, because they had not been summoned nor invited for such a purpose. But their discourse was displeasing to the eyes of the king : however, in the meantime he appointed two other knights to discharge that commission. About the same time, the archbishop of Canterbury, having been admitted to the king's favour, and his barony having been restored to him, on the fourteenth of July, the king, being raised on a wooden dais, before the great royal hall of Westminster, with his son, and the archbishop, and the earl of Warwick, and all the people standing around in his presence, with plentiful tears most humbly entreated pardon for his


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