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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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56 ROOEn OF WT.NDOVF.U. [A.D. 1 ISO. llcractius the natriarch comes to Kng'and, and notifies to king Henry his election. A.D . 1185. Heraclius patriarch of the holy resurrection, and the lord Roger master of the hospital of Jerusalem, came to king Henry at Reading, and delivering to him tinpope's letter, explained the object of their journey, and the desolate condition of the city and whole country of Jerusalem. The recital moved the king and all the assembly to tears ; for their petition took notice of our Lord's nativity, his passion, resurrection, the tower of David, the keys of the holy sepulchre, and the banner of the kingdom, all of which the king respected beyond measure. The pope's letter, among other subjects, contained the following : The letter of pope Lucius to the king of England. " Lucius, bishop, servant of the servants of God, Sec. Whereas all your predecessors have been famous, above all the other princes of the world, for valour iti arms and nobility of mind, and the people of the faithful have been taught to look on them as patrons in their adversity, it is not without propriety that application is made to you, who inherit all your father's virtues as well as his kingdom, at a moment when not only danger but even imminent destruction hangs over the Christian people; to the end that your royal power may protect the members of that Christ, who has mercifully allowed you to reach your present height of glory, and made you a wall of defence again.-t those who wickedly assail his name, lie it known, moreover, to your highness, that Saladin, the wicked persecutor of the holy name of the Crucifipd, has now prevailed to such an extent in his fury against the Christians of the Holy Land, that, unless his fierce rage is checked, he already confidently looks forward to the whole of Jordan flowing into his mouth," ite. King Henry refuses the kingdom of Jerusalem. The king of England having received this communication, convoked the clergy, people, and nobility of his dominions, on the 18th of March, at Clerkcnwcll, in London, where the king in the audience of the patriarch and master of the hospital, solemnly adjured all his faithful servants to make public whatever should seem to them to tend to the salvation


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