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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.D. 1200.J OF SLANDERERS, TI1IEVES, ETC. slip had been excommunicated in several churches about a ring, which she had unknowingly put in her casket, and declared to have been stolen ; from which decree; she had never been absolved, having been prevented by sudden death. Of an adulterer and adultere**. There was now brought into the sight of the furious demons an adulterer, together with an adulteress, united together in foul contact, and they repeated in the presence of all, their disgraceful venereal motions and immodest gestures, to the confusion of themselves and amid the cursing of the demons: then, as if smitten with frenzy, they began to tear one another, changing the outward love, which they before seemed to entertain towards one another, into cruelty and hatred : their limbs were then torn in pieces by the furious crowd around them, and they suffered the same punishment as those who had preceded them. All the fornicators, also, who were present, were tormented in like manner, and the intensity of their sufferings was so great that the pen of the writer is inadequate to poiirtray them. Of slanderers. Amongst the other wretched beings, two from a company of slanderers were brought into the midst, who, with continual distortions, gaped their mouths open to their ears, and turning their faces on each other, they gazed at each other with grim eyes ; in the mouths of both of them were put the ends of a kind of burning spear, eating and gnawing which with distorted months, they quickly reached the. middle of the spear, drawing close to each other, and in this manner they tore each other, and stained their whole faces with blood. Of thieves and incendiaries. Amongst others there were brought forth thieves, incendiaries, and violators of religions places, and these were by the servants of hell placed on wheels of red hot iron. t with spikes and nails, which from their excessive heat sent forth a constant shower of sparks of tire; en these tie wretches were whirled round, and endured horrifie torturi -, ( if the tradesmen. Then there came to the spot a tradesman with false scales


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