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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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24 ROGER OF WF.NDOVER. [AD . ÌÌ?:Ì. the pope's letter in the audience of all the bishops and barons, containing, besides other matter, the following:— " We admonish all your fraternity, and, by our apostolical authority, strictly command you to celebrate every year the day of the glorious martyr Thomas, namely, the day on which he suffered, and endeavour by votive prayers to him to obtain pardon for your sins, that he who for Christ's sake bravely endured exile during his life and martyrdom in death, may intercede to God for us through the earnest sup plications of the faithful." This letter was hardly read, when all raised their voices on high, and cried, " We praise thee, Ο Goti!" Because, moreover, his suffragans had not shown due reverence to their father when he was in exile, or on his return from thence, but rather had persecuted him, all publicly confessed their error and sin by the mouth of one of them, as follows:—"Be present, Lord, to these our supplications, tnat wc who for our sin know ourselves to be guilty, may be released by the intercession of St. Thomas thy martyr and high-priest." The same year, Wary, the sister of the same holy martyr, was by the king's orders made abbess of Barking. Also, the young king Henry laid siege to the castle of Gornai, and therein made prisoners Hugh the lord of the castle and his son, with twenty-four knights: the castle itself he burned, and compelled the townspeople to pay ransom. The same year, also, Robert earl of Leicester, and William do Tankerville, with many counts and barons, left king Henry and went over to the young king.* The king of France invad's Normandy xcith an army. The same year, Louis king of France assembled a numerous arni)- to lay waste Normandy; and entering that province, laid siege to Albemarle, and force)] William its lord, with count Simon and several other nobles, to surrender. He then took the castle of Dricncourt, and placed a garrison therein, and marching thence to the castle of Arches, lost on his way the count of Boulogne, whereupon the count of Flanders, grieved at his brother's death, returned to his own country. The elder king Henry was all this time at • " This year, alsu, the prudent and religious ahliat of llenliii£, W illiani by name, was elevated to the archicpisco) al see of liourdeaux."—jl. l'i Ills.


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