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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 196



A.D. 1200.] SANCTITY OK ISISIIOK IIUOII. 195 the name ol' bishop rightly belonged to him, and putting chosen persons into the cathedral church he built a temple to God out of those living stones : he also constantly cheeked the attacks of the, accular power in matters relating to the church, for he seemed to despise the danger to his goods or body, in which course he made such progress that he restored many rights which bad been lost, and liberated his church from a most severe servitude. Besides this holy man was accustomed to enter the houses of leprous people, which he passed by, and to kiss all afflicted with leprosy however deformed, and to bestow charity on them with liberality; on this William, of good memory, chancellor of the same church, wishing to try if his mind was affected by pride on account of this, said to bini, ".Martin, by bis kisses, healed the leper, you do not heal the lepers whom you kiss." The bishop immediately said to him in reply, "Martin's kiss healed the leper's flesh, but the leper's kiss heals my spirit." In burying the dead he so diligently fulfilled the duties of humanity, that he never neglected any dead body, to whose burial he thought it his duty to attend. Once, when this holy man was attending to the care of his flock, visiting some parishes, and amongst others hail arrived at a town called Alcmundoberi, the parents of a certain child came to him, bringing their almost lifeless little one with them, and with tears besought his assistance. On the bishop asking what they wanted, the child's mother replied, "This our little boy took in his hand a piece of iron more than an inch in length and thickness, and, as a child does, put it into his mouth and swallowed it, but it stuck fast in his throat and is killing the child : wherefore, holy father, the Lord has sent you to restore to us our child, who is now panting at the point of death. The bishop looking on the child touched his tongue, and pronouncing a blessing, breathed on it, and after marking it with the sign of the cross, gave him back to his parents: ami on their taking him from the bishop the iron leaped forth all bloody, and the boy was cured from that hour. On another occasion too, when the holy man was passing through a town called (Vstrehunte, the relatives of a certain madman, who had been for three weeks obliged to be restrained by bonds, begged of bini to visit and bless him: on hearing which the holy man dismounted from his horse and went to the mad


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