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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 233



ROGER OF WT.XDOVER. [A.D . 1206. and weights, and also those who stretch the new cloths in their shops to such a degree in length and breadth, that the threads are broken, ami a hole is made, and afterwards, cunningly stitching up the boles, sell these same cloths in dark places ; these were cruelly torn from their scats, and compelled t o repeat the motions o f their former sins, to their disgrace, and as an increase o f their punishments; and afterwards they Avere tortured by devils, in the way we have ^related of those before them. Besides this the man saw, near the entrance of the lower hell, four courts, as it were; the first of which contained innumerable furnaces and large wide caldrons filled to the brim with burning pitch and other melted substances ; and in each of these the spirits were heaped together boiling fiercely, and their heads, like those of black fishes, were, from the violence of the bulling, at one time forced upwards out of the liquid, and at another times fell downwards. The second court in like manner contained caldrons, but filled with snow and cold ice, in which the spirits were tortured by the dreadful cold in intolerable agony. The caldrons in the third court Avere filled Avith boiling sulphureous Avatcr and other things, which emitted a stench mixed Avith a foul smoke, in which the spirits who died in the foulness of their lusts Avere particularly tormented. The fourth court contained caldrons full of a very black salt water, the bitter saltucss of which would immediately take the bark of f any kind of wood thrown into it. In these caldrons a multitude of sinners, murderers, thieves, robbers, sorceresses, and rich men, who by unjust exactions oppressed their fellow men, were incessantly boiling ; and the servants of iniquity, standing all round them, pressed them together inside that they might not escape the heat of the molten liquid. Those who had lieeti boiling for seven days in this burning grease, were on the eighth day plunged into the dreadful cold which Avas in the second court, whil.«t those on the other band who had been tortured in the cold, Avere put into the boiling liquor; in the same way those, who ha d been boiling in the salt Avater were afterwards tortured in the stench ; and they always observed these changes every eight days.


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