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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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the king jurisdiction over the concubines of priests—a thing which ended disgracefully, for the king received large sums of money from priests to redeem their concubines ; and then, when it was too late, the bishops repented of the licence which they had granted, when the deception of the bishops and the oppression of the people were evident to the eyes of all. The same year Henry abbat of Glastonbury was created bishop of Winchester, Robert was made bishop of Hereford, and another Robert* of Lincoln. The same year Philip, son of the king of France, who formerly, when his father died, had been crowned king, was riding out one day for amusement, and met a pig, which ran between the legs of his horse, and the new king was thrown to the ground, broke his neck, and died on the spot. The same year there came into Normandy an innumerable flight of birds, which occupying a large portion of the heavens, divided themselves into separate bodies, and engaging in battle, horribly mangled one another. This, perhaps, portended the schism which arose between the two candidates for the papacy. Of the schism between the two popes. A.D. 1130. Pope Honorius died and two parties arose among the Romans respecting a successor : some chose Innocent, the other Anaclet ; the latter on account of his brothers, who were men of influence and had the principality of Castel Crescentio, remained in the city ; but Innocent, expelled by the Romans, crossed the Alps, and, coming to Gaul, was honourably received at Chartres by Henry king of England, who after Easter again entertained him at Rouen, and by his authority caused him to be admitted and recognized as pope by all. Thus, by the mediation of the king of England, Louis, brother of the late king Philip of France was crowned by the pope at Rheims. After this, on the nativity of Saint Mary,! the king gave his daughter the empress to Geoffrey count of Anjou. Of the death of Boamund prince of Antioch. The same year Rodoam prince of Aleppo invaded the • This is an error : Alexander was bishop of Lincoln at this time, t Matthew Paris adds :— l Christ's church Canterbury was dedicated ; and Hugh abbat of Reading was elected to the archbishopric of Rouen."


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