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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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and be not faithless, and an evil speaker with those who speak falsely, but believing." I shall show you briefly, and others too, who are evil speakers and proud like yourself, the manner and form of the spoliation of the pope in a brief recital, in order to cut off all improper suspicions. And I will show yon also the marks of the nails, and the hole in the side of the wall in the treasury of the king of England, and the cause of the imprisonment and annoyance which in consequence befel the monks of that place, by the instrumentality of diabolical men, and I will hereafter make the whole matter quite plain to posterity. But I omit the matter here, because it would take too long a time to insert it in this chapter. When, however, pope Boniface, in spite of his papal dignity, had been mercilessly plundered of all his property, to the prejudice of the whole church, as I have said before, and kept three days in prison, with great irreverence to the Boman church, and to himself the vicar of God, he being moved by great indignation and distress of mind, ended his life very shortly afterwards, that is to say, on the twelfth of October, and he was buried the next day, in the church of the blessed Peter, in a wonderful tomb which he had had prepared for himself while he was yet alive. Of him a certain versifier writes thus : " He came in like a fox, like a lion he reigned, Hie end was a dog's, he Chimsera1 remained/1 And another writes thus of him— , " He began like a fox, like a lion be did roar, He ended like a dog, from rich becoming poor." And when he was dead and buried, the next day the cardinals assembled together and elected the bishop of Ostia, of the order of Preachers ; and on the tenth day afterwards he was consecrated supreme pontiff, and assumed the name of Benedict the Eleventh. England exults in victory, While Scotlandfightsunhappily. A.D , 1304, which is the thirty-second of the reign of king Edward, pope Benedict, while he was preaching the Word of God at Perugia, among other topics bewailed the abominable atrocities which had been committed upon the vicar of Christ Jesus and Peter, in which he did not so much lament the in Alluding to the classical fable of the Chimsera, who was said to have a lion's head, a goat's body, and the hinder parts of a dragon.


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