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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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A.D. 119).] MORTALITY AT ACRE. !01 tlie apostolic sec, greeting, ice." lie exercised to an immoderate excess the dignities wliicli he hail obtained by bribery, endeavouring to repair the sacred establishments which Inhad despoiled for the sake of acquiring bis honours. lie distributed money at his tables, so that he might come again and extort the same with interest, for he performed the duly of the legateship, which he had acquired at the expense of a thousand pounds of silver, so immoderately that he became burdensome to all the establishments of England, both conventual and cathedral ; indeed he travelled through England with an array of fifteen hundred attendants, and accompanied by crowds of clerks, and surrounded by a troop of soldiers, neglecting all things which belonged to the dignity of his episcopal station. He was waited on at his table by all tinsons of the nobility whom he had married to his nieces and female relatives, and all those whom he kept as his attendants thought themselves lucky. Never was there land for sale, which he did not purchase, never was there a church or abbacy vacant which he did not dispose of or retain for himself, nor any castles or towns of which he would not cither by threats or bribes obtain the guardianship; by these acts and many others of like character he struck terror into Unpeople. The kingdom of England was silent in his presence, and no one murmured, for there remained in England no power to resist him. His train was composed of— " Ambubaiarum collegia, pharmacopolic, Mendici, mima-, balalrones, hoc gemi» omne." So that he on earth was followed by all kinds of music and singing, as the holy angels follow the all-powerful God in heaven. He acted entirely in such a way that he seemed to strive to put himself on a level with God, but the end of all this will be related in the subsequent history in due time.* Of lite mortality at Acre. A.D . 1191. After the death of the venerable Baldwin archbishop of Canterbury, nobles and knights of well-tried powers died at the siege of Acre, as was said, from the nnhealthincss of the atmosphere; amongst these were Ralph • " Having obtained the legatine power from tin- pope, be held a council at Westminster. W . bishop of Worcester, and W . ahlvil of Westminster, died on the 28th of March."—AT. 1'aris.


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