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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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elsewhere, he embarked on Easter day at evening and landed the next day in Wales, whence, he proceeded to Porchester and crossed with a favourable wind to Normandy. Thence, he went without delay to meet the pope's envoys, Albert and Theodwine, before whom, after long and tedious discussions, he made oath that the death of the glorious martyr Thomas had not been perpetrated by his wish or with his consent, or brought about by any contrivance on his part ; but that, inasmuch as his words spoken in anger, to the effect that he fed a scurvy set of knights and retainers, who were too great poltroons to take his part against the archbishop, had given an occasion to his murderers of putting the man of God to death, the king demanded absolution with the greatest liumi lity. To this end he promised, at the suggestion of the legates, to contribute enough money to maintain two hundred knights for a year in defending the holy land, to allow appeals to be made without impediment to the Roman see, to annul the customs which had been introduced in his own times contrary to the church's liberties, and to restore to the church of Canterbury all that had been taken from it since the archbishop's departure, and to allow those of both sexes who had been exiled in behalf of the blessed martyr, to return home and resume possession of their property ; all these points the king swore to fulfil, according to the injunction ofour lord the pope, for the remission of his sins. The same oath was also taken by the young king, Henry's son, who, immediately afterwards, in the month of August, crossed with his spouse "Margaret into England, and on the 20th of the same month, at Winchester, Rotroc archbishop of Rouen, with the assistance of the suffragan bishops of Canterbury, crowned the aforesaid Margaret queen of England. The same year, Gilbert bishop of London, having made oath that to the best of his knowledge he had not promoted the death of St. Thomas the martyr by word, deed, or writing, was restored to his episcopal office. Of the marriage of John the king's snn, and of tlte election to the see of Canterbury. Λ.Ι). 1173. King Henry obtained in marriage for his son John, named Lack-land,* the eldest daughter of Hubert * In French Sans-terre, in Wendovcr's Latin, Sine-terra.


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