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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
page 559



554 ROGER OF AVENDO VER. [A.D. 1166. at the breast : our goods, and the patrimony of him who was crucified, have been added to the exchequer, part for the use of the king, and part for the bishop of'London. You appeal, as you tell me, to the pope, but you cannot suspend my authority by this appeal, so as to prevent me from proceeding against you or your churches, if the extent of your offence requires it, for Ave all know that every one who appeals, does so in his own name or in that of another : if in his own name, it must be from a wrong which is done him or which he fears will be done him. Now Ave are certain, by God's grace, that no Avrong has yet been done you by us, which can authorize you to appeal: if therefore you have appealed, for fear of Avrong, lest I should take any step towards you or your churches, that is not an appeal which can suspend the authority or power Avhich I have over you and your churches. If you have appealed in the king's name, your discretion should have taught you, that appeals were introduced to enable a person to repel an injury not to do one, to relieve the oppressed, and not to increase oppression. If the man who subverts the church's liberty, who invades and seizes her goods, is not heard in his appeal, much less will those be heard who appeal for him. W e do not say this because we have done or intend to do, any thing extreme, which may affect the person of our lord the king and his kingdom, or your own persons and churches, and it was our belief that we are more open to censure for our longsuffering than for our rigour or severity. Therefore it is that we tell you briefly and decidedly, that our lord the king Avili by no means have cause to complain, if after the repeated admonitions which he has received both from the pope and ourselves, without effect, the severity of ecclesiastical censure should at length go forth against him. In the same letter, the archbishop commanded Gilbert bishop of London, by virtue of his obedience, within forty days after the receipt of the letter, to restore, without delay or excuse, Avhatever he had turned to his own use or that of his church, of the benefices and church property of the clerks Avho had been banished the kingdom with the archbishop, which property had, by the king's command, been put under the charge of the said bishop. When the bishop received these orders, he wrote to the king of England as follows :— t


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