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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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1SG noe.κι; or wr.xnovr.n. [A.D . 1200. Britons, as to who is the inotrojolitan bishop, and no man's recollection holds that you ever had any metropolitan church in your own district : however, if it pleases yon. you will be able easily to perceive the truth of my words, since Almighty God has made peace between you and our beloved son, the renowned king Charles; but if you intend to proceed con tentiouslv. endeavour to bring the matter before our apostolic see. that, by our judgment, it may be more, clearly known which was formerly the archiépiscopal church amongst you. and that, all doubt being thus dispelled, your bishops may know without hesitation what course they ought to pursue." However, notwithstanding that the above-mentioned admoni tion was given to the said king, he did not desist from his purpose, but ever afterwards both he and his successors persisted in their disobedience, and a continual strife and disagreement existed between the bishops of Tours and Pol, until in the present year, as has been stated above, it was definitively decided by the pope, that, not only the bishop of l)ol, but also all the other bishops of Brittany, should be subject to the archbishop of Rouen, and acquiesce in his canonical injunctions for ever. The said pope in pronouncing definitive judgment in this matter, as one who is great in knowledge, and bold, and at the same, time skilled in law, rose, and thus spoke:—" Let Dol grieve, and Tours rejoice." lit. W queen ÌVcanor teas seni far the lady Bianche, to be married to Louts. A.t). 1200. Afte,- the feast of St. Hilary, the French and English kings. Philip and John, held a conference at a place between the castles of Gatllon and Hutavant. at which it waagreed between the said kings with the advice of the chief nobles of each kingdom, that Louis, the son and heir of the French king, should espouse the daughter of Alphonso king of Castile, who was also niece of king John, and that the English king should, when this marriage was contraeteli, give to Louis as a marriage portion with bis niece Blanche, the city of Evrenx. with the whole of that county, and thirty thousand marks of silver besides. Moreover, the French king asked the English monarch to give him security that he would afford no assistance, either in soldiers or in money, to his nephew Otho, in obtaining the Roman empire. It has been said that Philip duke of Situimi, by the French


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