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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. 1305. THE SCOTS BETTJBN HOME. 579 and other barons, both Scotch and English, where they deliberated for twenty days, about establishing the king's peace in Scotland, and considered what would be the best and most lasting, and most tranquil manner, both for the Scotch and English, in which the most perfect peace and the most desirable tranquillity might be established for ever. And those Scots were sent on to England with the assent of the entire kingdom, and the whole of the nation undertook to agree to whatever regulations they might make. And at last, by the consent and decision of àie two parties, justiciaries and clerks were appointed on both sides of the Scottish sea,, two and two, with the intent that they should preserve the peace of the country in their own districts, decide lawsuits, and appease quarrels. When this was settled, the men above mentioned came to the king, and having had an audience, at which they recited the regulations which they had made, the king approved of them all, with the exception of one article, respecting a certain Scotch judicial proceeding which he entirely annulled. Then the bishops, abbots, earls, and barons, of Scotland, swore for themselves and for their heirs, and for the whole nation then existing and hereafter to be born in Scotland, that they would abide by the above-mentioned regulations, and that they both wished and considered themselves bound to Uve according to the manner and form of this arrangement, both powerful men and base, the present generation and the future. And the aforesaid Scots entered into this engagement ; touching the sacred body and gospels of Christ and other relics, at the manor of Sheen on the Thames. Therefore the king, rejoicing in the hope that there would be lasting peace in Scotland for the future, treated them merci-, fully, so that they who had made atonement for their sins, namely, those who had entered into any engagement to pay the value of their estates for a fixed term of years, two, or three, or four, might now have further time granted them, four instead of two, six instead of three, or eight instead of four, due regard being had to each person's condition and situation, so that they might have means of living honestly. After these events, the Scots, having received permission, gladly returned home with much honour. Therefore, now that the king hoped that all the affairs which are under his authority would be settled in wished-for peace, because the time for being silent had passed, during which he was peaceful, silent, and patient ;


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