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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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men, who may fully be aware of the merits of persons, h ss you may be overreached by the craft of any one; but if any shall gainsay vou or prove contumacious, do you, by means of the censuri' of the church, compel them to obey, without appeal. Given at the Laterali, on the first of November, in the sixteenth year of our pontificate." The legate, on receiving this authority from the pope, rejected the advice of the archbishop and bishops of the kingdom, and, going to the vacant churches with the chirks and agents of the king, presumed to make appointments to them, according to the old evil custom of Kngland, of persons little suited to those offices ; and some of various orders, who, on manifest cause of complaint, appealed to the hearing of the supreme pontiff, he suspended and sent to the court of Koine, and to them he showed himself so destitute of humanity, that he did not allow them even one penny out of their own money to pay their expenses on the journey. Moreover he distributed the parochial churches which were vacant in various places amongst his own clerks without asking the consent of the patrons; for which he deserved the malediction of many instead of their benediction, inasmuch as he changed justice into injury, and judgment into forejudging. The appeal of lite archbishop of Canterbury as to the appointments of vacant ch itrches. A.l. 1214. King John at Christmas held his court at Windsor, when he distributed festive dresses to a number of his nobles. Afterwards, Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, and his suffragans, met at Dunstable to discuss the affairs of the Knglish church there; fur they were beyond measure annoyed that the legate, as we have before stated, in attending to the king's pleasure without consulting with them, had appointed unfit persons to the vacant churches more by force than by canonical election. After various discussion on one subject and another, the archbishop of Canterbury at length sent two clerks to Burton on the Trent, where the legate then was, to forbid him, by the interposition of an appeal on the part of the archbishop of Canterbury, to appoint prelates in the vacant churches in disregard of his, the archbishop's, high office, to which the appointment to the churches in his own diocese of right belonged. The


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