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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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let out to farm or kept in his own hands ; neither did he practise his crimp* of debauchery in «ecret, but openly in the light of day. Need I say more on this subject ? Whatever pleased God and the faithful servants of God, was sure to displease the ling and his followers. He was buried the day after his death at Winchester ; but his tomb was watered by no one's tears, so great was the joy which the people felt at his departure. How Henry I. was crowned king of the English. King William being dead, the nobles of England did not know what had become of his eldest brother Robert duke of Normandy, who had now been five years on the expedition to Jerusalem, and they were unwilling for the kingdom to remain long without a ruler. Henry, the youngest and most prudent of the brothers, perceiving this, assembled together the clergy and people of England at London, and, to induce them to espouse his cause and make him king, he promised them to revise and amend the laws by which England had been oppressed in the time of his deceased brother. To this the clergy and people replied, that if he would confirm to them by charter all the liberties and customs which were observed in the reign of the holy king Edward, they would accede to his wishes and make him their king. This Henry readily engaged to do, and, confirming the same by an oath, he was crowned king at Westminster, on the day of the annunciation of St, Mary, with the acclamations of the clergy and people ; after Avhich he caused these privileges to be reduced to writing, to the honour of the holy church and the peace of his people. Of the liberties which king Henry granted to his kingdom. Henry, by the grace of God, king of England, to Hugh de Bocland sheriff, and to all his faithful people, both French and English, in Herefordshire,* health. Know that T, by the mercy of God and by the unanimous consent of the barons of the kingdom, have been crowned king of England : and, whereas the kingdom has been oppressed with many unjust exactions, I, to the honour of God, and in the love * This s'.iould be Hertfordshire in which St. Albans was situated.


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