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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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62 KOGKR OF WEXDOVF.R. [Λ.Β. 1181). surrendered to the enemies of Christ: the sepulchre fell into the hands of those who persecuted Him that was buried therein, and those who blaspheme the Crucified are in possession of His cross ! Saladin entered the city with the sound of timbrels and trumpets, and hastening to the temple removed the cross erected there, and all the other objects which Christians held in veneration. He then caused the temple to bo sprinkled within and without with rose-water, and the superstitions which belong to his religion to be proclaimed in all its four corners ; the church of the resurrection and the tomb of our Lord was let to certain Syrians at a stipulated tribute ; after which Saladin sallied forth and reduced all the other cities and towns except Ascalon, Tyre, and Crach boyond Jordan, otherwise called Mount Royal. The pope forbids the building of Akington church. The same year pope Urban wrote to Baldwin archbishop of Canterbury in these terms :— " Our dear sons, the prior and convent of your church, have sent us messengers bearing letters on the subject of the church which you have begun to build, stating that unless the work is discontinued, the credit and condition of their own church will be much impaired: we therefore wishing to make careful provision that no discord may arise between yon and your brethren, since you cannot properly attend to your sacred duties when quarrelling amongst yourselves, by the advice of our brethren, warn and strictly enjoin your brotherhood, that, until from known reasons we determine what ought to be done in the matter, you put off all occasion of appeal, and desist from building that church, until letters be granted from the apostolic see not opposing it." In the same year pope Urban dying, Gregory succeeded him, and he also after holding the see two months, died, and Clement the third was appointed on the 20th of December. In this year, too, Gilbert bishop oi London paid the debt of nature. In the same year Richard count of i'oictou, hearing of the disaster in the Holy Land and the capture of the cross, without waiting for any one's proposing it, and against the advice and will of his father, was the first of the transmarine nobles who took the sign of the cross, which he received at the hands of the archbishop of Tours.


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