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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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172 ROGER OE -vVEXDOVER. [A.D. 1198. I do not wait in vain : for I await your death, as I have the deaths of your predecessors; for he who succeeds you will hear my petition with effect." But the pope hearing these words, was inexpressibly astonished, and turning to his cardinals who sat near him, said, " Heard ye what this devil said?—'I await,' says he, 'your death, as 1 have that of your predecessors.'" Then turning to the monk he said, '· Brother, by St. Peter, you shall not wait my death here, for your petition is granted." And immediately before he took any food, be sent commands to Hubert archbishop of Canterbury, that, immediately on the receipt of his letters, he should go in person to the church of Coventry, expel the priests, and reinstate the monks. The said archbishop, therefore, supported by the high pontiff's authority, removed the before-mentioned priests, and on the 18th of .January reintroduced the monks in their stead. As the prior of that place had died when the monks were driven into exile, be appointed as prior over them a Norman named Joibert, who, on account of his eminent skill in secular affairs, had received the government of the three priories, of Daventry, Wcnlock, and Coventry ; he immediately with the advice of the inonks set about the election of a bishop, and by common consent the lot fidi on Geoffrey de Muschamp. The prior of Bermondsey dying about this time, too, Hubert archbishop of Canterbury, to satisfy the avarice of the aforesaid Joibert, added this fourth priory to his other three. Of the consecration of certain bishops. On the fourth Sunday in Lent of the same year, Eustace dean of Salisbury, was consecrated bishop of Ely, by Hubert archbishop of Canterbury, in the chapel of St. Catherine at Westminster. Afterwards, Geoffrey bishop of Coventry elect, was consecrated by the same archbishop at Canterbury on the 21st of dune. In this year, too, on the lóth of May, a shower of blood fell on those who were building the castle at Andclys in Normandy, which was a warning perhaps that the. death of king Richard \vould occur shortly. And at this time, too, Geoffrey archbishop of York, made peace with the king and his brother in Normandy, for the king was displeased with him on account of the removal of his chancellor at the time he was a prisoner of the emperor's.


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