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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.2

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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.2
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behalf, as they held them three months before the archbi-hop left England. You will also summon before you some of the best and oldest knights of the honour of Saltwood, and ascertain by their oaths what property is there held of the sec of Canterbury, and whatsoever is found to be so shall be held by that tenure. Farewell !" Before the archbishop crossed to England, he sent a letter to the pope, informing him that he had made peace with the king. The pope, in his reply, gave thanks to God, in the following terms. "Anxiety of heart and bitterness of soul overwhelm us, when we reflect on the anguish, the burdens, and the wrongs which you have so long and unflinchingly maintained in the cause of justice: but, that you might iill up the measure of your virtue, you persevered in your purpose, unconquered by adversity, for which we laud your admirable fortitude and congratulate you heartily in the Lord for such long-sull'ering. Eor since we have so long borne with the king of England, and so often warned him, both in mild and in gentle language, and sometimes with severity and sharpness, that he should reflect and amend his conduct ; if he does not fulfil the terms of the peaee which he has concluded with you, and restore to you and yours all the possessions that have been taken away, we give you full power over all persons and places, belonging to your legation, to exercise ecclesiastical discipline upon them, without appeal, according as you shall think lit." Of the archbishop's return to England from exile. With these guarantees from the pope and king, the archbishop sailed for England, and landed at Sandwich on the lt of December. As soon as he arrived, that nothing might be wanting to hasten the glory of martyrdom, which he ardently longed for, he sent the following letter to the archbishop of York. " Whereas the king of England wished his son to be crowned, and it appears that this office belongs to the archbishop of Canterbury, from ancient custom, it appears, inv brother archbishop, that the said king, setting aside the archbishop aforesaid, has caused the crown of the kingdom to he placed on his son's head by your hands, ami that the oath prescribed for the maintenance of the church's liberties was not only not taken, but not even demanded by you ; but that, on the contrary, the unjust customs of the kingdom, by which


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