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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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ROGER OF WENDOVER. [A.D . 1176. the advice of his son and the bishops, appointed justices through six districts of his kingdom, in each part three, who made oath that they would do lull justice to every bodv. How the king granted four articles to 1'eter the legate of the Roman sec. About this time Petro-Leonis, the pope's legate, came to England, and the king conceded to him the four articles following, to be observed in the kingdom of England. First, that for the future no clerk should be dragged in person before any secular judge, for any crime or transgression, except in the matter of the forest or a lay-fee, for which lay service is due to the king or to any other lord : secondly, that archbishoprics, bishoprics, and abbacies should not be held in the king's hand beyond a year, except for an evident cause or urgent necessity : thirdly, that murderers of clerks, convicted or confessed, should be punished before the king's justiciar}', in presence of the bishop: fourthly, that clerks should not be compelled to serve in war. The same year, Johanna, the king's daughter, who bad been promised in marriage to the king of Sicily, was on the !)th of November, at St. Giles's, delivered to her husband in the sight of an illustrious company of persons, who witnessed it; and at the same time, all the castles in England were given into custody by the king's orders. Also, William carl of Gloucester not having a son, and unwilling that his inheritance should be divided between his daughters, constituted the king's son, John Lack-land, his heir.* How foreign kings submitted their differences to the decision of the king of Kngland. About this time, Alphonso king of Castile, son-in-law of the king of England, and Saneho king of Navarre, his uncle, being at variance, sent ambassadors to the king of England, and promised to abide by his decision. When the ambassadors appeared at Westminster before the king, bishops, * Matthew l'uri» ndds :— " Hugh Pctro-Leoni», after fulfilling; his embassy, bet sail. King Henry gave his youngest daughter to the king of Apuieia, and crossed sea on the *2"th of August. Hichard earl of Strigoy le died j William earl of Arundel also died on the I'Jth of October, at Wavcrley, and was buried at Wimundhain, a cell of the church of St. Alban'», of which he was known to have liecn a patron. Walter, also, prior of Winchester, was made ubbat of Westminster "


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