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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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A.I). 1201.] JOHN CKOW.NEI) AT CANTEUItUKV. made the circuit of the other four moons five times or mon-. This phenomenon lasted for about an hour, to the wonder of many who beheld it. How the king and queen of the English were crowned at Canterbury. Λ.Ι). 1201. Kin"; John kept Christmas at Guilford, and then! he distributed a number of festive garments amongst his knights ; and Hubert archbishop of Canterbury, striving to make himself on a level with the king, did the same at Canterbury, by which he roused the indignation of the king in no slight degree. Afterwards the king set out to Northumberland, and exacted a very large sum of money from the inhabitants of that county. He then returned to Canterbury in company with his queen, and on the following Eastcr-day they were both crowned at that place ; and at the ceremony the archbishop of Canterbury was at great, not to say superfluous, expense, in entertaining them. On the following Ascension-day at Tewkesbury the king issued a proclamation, that the earls and barons, and all who owed military service to him, should be ready with horses and arms at Portsmouth, to set out with him for his transmarine provinces at the ensuing Whitsuntide; but when the appointed day came, many of them obtained permission to remain behind, paying to the king two marks of silver fot each scutcheon.* • Mntthcw Taris adds:—"In these days a schoolmaster of Paris, hv hirth a Frenchman, named Simon C'hurnay, a man of extensive talent and great memory, after having successfully conducted schools ten years in the trivium and the tjuadrivium which make up the seven libetal arts, turned his attention to theology, in which he, after a few years, made such progress, that he was thought worthy of the professorial chair : whereupon he gave lectures, and held subtle disputations, wherein he ahly solved and elucidated the most difficult questions ; and he was attended by so many hearers that the most ample palace could scarcely contain them. One day when he had publicly disputed, using the most subtle arguments about the Trinity, and the settlement of the disputation was put offtill the next day, all the theological students in the city, forewarned to hear so many solutions of difficult questions, flocked together in numbers and tilled the school. The professor then resolved all the aforesaid questions, inexplicable though they appeared to the audience, so plainly and elegantly, and in so catholic a sense, that all were struck with astonishment. Some of his more familiar -scholars who were the most eager to learn, came to him when the lecture was over and ι requesUn! him to dictate to them, that they might make notes of his s.dut.ons, which they said were too valuable to be lost to posterity. Klated at


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