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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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Λ. I). 1105.] TIIK I'OI'E'S IJl'LL. 143 to us by God's authority, grant the. same remission »f any ]M;lian:t! imposed on tlictn bv tli! priesthood, as our prcdeee.ssors arc known to have granted in tlicir times; namely, that those who shall undertake the toils of this pilgrimage with n contrite heart and humble sprit, and shall set out on this journey as a penance for their sins shall, if they dio in the faith, obtain full remission of their ollcnccs, and eternal life. Let their goods also from the time of their taking the ero--, together with their families, be considered under the protection of the church of 1 ionic, and also of the archbishops ami other prelates of the church ; and let there be no dispute πιο the property they had peaceable- possession of at the time of their taking the ΙΊΊ^, until their return or death shall be known for certain, but let their goods in the mean time remain untouched and undisturbed ; but those who have, for the assistance of that land, scut their property there, shall obtain pardon for their sins according to the jurisdiction of thi' bishops. Lut to you, brother archbishop, we have thought (it to entrust the labour of this work, commanding sou to use your influence with our beloved son in Christ, the illustrious king of the English, who has arranged a truce for three years at the Holy Land, that he may send well-equipped knights and soldiers to defend that country. We also order voti to traverse England, and by continual exhortations, by opportune and inopportune preaching, to urge the people lo take the cross and journey to the country beyond sea, to defend the Holy Land." * • Matthew Paris inserts here,—'* When these things reached the king's ears lie was zealous in the work of the cross, ami exhorted others, principally those whom he hail exalted in many ways, to he zealous also, as well for the sake of his soul as for the advancement of the cross and the salvation of their own souls. That l.e might the more civilly reprove eerlaai who were disobedient to these salutary admonitions, he assumed the form of a preacher, and frequently repeated the advice to those around him. "Alumt this time a remarkable circumstance happened to a rich and miserly Venetian, which we think it worth while to insert in this place : his name was Vilalis ; and when he was on the point of giving his daughter in marriage, he went into a large forest near the sea to provide delicacies 1er the table. As be wandered alone through the forest, with hi- bow aid arrows ready, and intent on taking venison, he suddenly fell inlo a pi! tall which had been cunningly set for lb.· lions, bears, and wolves, out ot which I be found it impossible to escape, because the bottom of it was so wale and I the mouth so narrow. Here I.ο found two fierce animals, a hen and a serpent, which had also by accident fallen ia ; and Vitali» signing li.ntscdf


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