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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
page 195



194 ROGER OF WENDOVER. [A.D. 1200. the cell he obtained the office of prior, and in that station all things went on prosperously with him; then, determining to put a stronger check on the dangerous passions of the llesli, he by the Lord's will went over to the Carthusian order. Amongst them he showed himself so kind and alfable to all, yet still preserving his religions seriousness, that after a very short time had elapsed he. was appointed manager of all that house. In course of time, when a house of the Carthusian order had been established in England by the illustrious Henry king of England, who burnt with an ardent desire to promote the cause of God, he was prevailed on by the entreaties of the monarch to direct his attention to the government of that house, and, after he was called to the duties of the priorship, he made it his daily study to increase his former sanctity, for which, and by his holy conversation, he gained great favour with the king, who often enjoyed discourse with him. The king had hold in his own hands the church of Lincoln, which had been for some years deprived of the care of a bishop ; to atone for which offence as well as he could, he procured the appointment by election of the aforesaid man, Hugh, to the government of that church. Afterwards when his election was announced to the man of (iod, he replied that he would not accept the dignity of the pontifical station, unless it was lirst made clear to him that he did so by the common consent of the church of Lincoln, as well as with the permission of the Carthusian prior. After he bad been perfectly satisfied on these points, the dean of Lincoln with the elders of that church came to the man of God, and he at the lirst interview so gained on their regard that they wished for him as their pastor and spiritual father with devout andsinccrcalfcction; but in order that their consent might be more surely made known to him they elected him there, and then he for the first time agreed to it. Afterwards, when he had been consecrated, on the first night in which In; slept in his bishopric, after paying his devotions he heard a voice saying to him, " Thou hast gone forth to the safety of thy people to safety with Clirist." Of the virtues of the holy man in his episcopacy. This consecrated servant of (iod. Hugh, so illuminateli his church by his merits, so instructed the people committed to his charge by his words and his example, that he showed that


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