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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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Λ . I). 1200.] VISION* OF rUROATORT. 221 bishop without you. Given at St. Peter's, at Rome, this 21st day of December, in the ninth year of our pontificate." Of a vision of jturyatory, the punishment of Ike wicked, and the ylory (f the blessed. In this year, a certain man of simple habits, and hospitable its far as his humble means would allow, who lived in a town called Tunsted,* in the bishopric of London, was employed, after the hour of evening prayer, on the eve of the day of the apostles St. Simon and St. Jude, in draining his field, which he had sown that day, when, raising his eyes, he saw a man hastening to him from a distance ; after looking at him, he began the Lord's prayer, when the, stranger stepping up to hitn, asked him to finish his prayer and speak to him : and, accordingly, as soon as his prayer was ended, they exchanged mutual greetings. After this, the man who had come to him asked him where, amongst the neighbours, he could meet with a suitable, lodging for that night; but when the questioned person extolled the great hospitality of his neighbours, the inquirer found fault with the hospitality of some who wen; named. The labourer then understanding that the stranger was acquainted with his neighbours, eagerly asked him to accept of a lodging with him, on which the stranger said to him, " Your wife has already received two poor women to lodge with her, and I too will turn to your house for to-night, in order that I may lead you to your lord, namely saint James, to whom thou hast even now devoutly prayed ; for I am Julian the entertainer, and have been sent on your behalf, to disclose to you by divine means certain things which are hidden from men in the flesh : therefore, proceed to your house, and endeavour to prepare yourself for a journey." After these words, the man who was conversing with him, disappeared from the spot, lint Turchill, for that was the labourer's name, hurried home, washed his head and feet, and found the two women entertained there, as St. .Julian bad foretold. Afterwards he threw himself on a bed which he had prepared in his house, apart from his wife, for the sake of continence, and slept outside the room ; and as soon as all the members of the household were, asleep, St. Julian woke the man, and said, • Perhaps "Twinstcd *' in Ksscx.


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