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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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put them and their chattels in safe-pledge, until my pleasure shall be known ; and that you bring this brief with you when you are summoned. To Gilbert bishop of London, also, he wrote the following letter. The king's letter to the bishop of London, as above. You are not ignorant of the injurious treatment which I and my kingdom have received from Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, and how basely he has fled the country. I com mand you, therefore, to cause all his clerks who remained with him after his flight, and all others who have acted in a manner derogatory to myself or my kingdom, to be prevented from receiving any of the proceeds of their benefices in your diocese without my permission, and that you give no counte nance or support whatever to the aforesaid clerks. T o his justices, also, the king wrote in the following manner. The king to his justices against the blessed archbishop Thomas. Ifany one shall be found bearing letters or mandates from our lord the pope, or from archbishop Thomas, containing an interdict of Christian services in England, let him be arrested and kept prisoner until my pleasure shall be known. Moreover, no clerk, monk, canon, convert, or other religious person, shall be permitted to cross the sea, unless he has letters of our justiciary or of ourself concerning his return, and if any one is found acting otherwise, let him be arrested and detained. No one shall appeal to the pope or to archbishop Thomas, nor shall any plea be held in their name, nor any mandate of theirs be received in England : and if any one shall hold or admit or be concerned in such pleas, let him be arrested and detained. If any bishop, abbat, clerk, or laic, shall observe any sentence of interdict, he shall immediately be banished the kingdom, with all his kindred, and shall carry none of his chattels with him, but his chattels and all his property shall be seized into our hands. AU clerks, who have revenues in England, are admonished, throughout every county, that they return to their benefices in England within three months, if they wish to keep those benefices, or to return to England at all ; and, if they fail to do so, their revenues will be seized into our hands. The bishops of


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