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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 298



Λ.η. 1214.] J OHN'S ARM ν IN BUITTANV. 297 and St. Paul's day, Nicholas bishop ol' Tiisculiim, legate of the apostolic see, went to (lie cathedral church, anil there amidst the ringing of bells and the chanting of the "Te Deuin," solemnly revoked the sentence of interdict which hail lasted lor six years, three months, and fourteen days. How the legate pat off the restitution of the confiscated property. On the removal of the interdict, as above-mentioned, the. legate was beset by an innumerable multitude of abbats, priors, templars, hospitallers, abbesses, nuns, clergy and laity, asking for satisfaction to be made to them for losses and injuries suffered by them during the time of the interdict; for they asserted that, although they had not left Kngland, they had endured the incessant persecution of the king and his agents, both in person and property, until all their property being confiscated and their persons ill used, thev knew not whither to turn from the fury of their enemies. But the legate in reply to this multitude of complainants, said that of their losses and injuries no mention had been made in the pope's letters, wherefore he ought not and could not lawfully go beyond the bounds of the apostolic mandate ; but he nevertheless advised them to lay a complaint of their losses and injuries before the pope, and to ask for full justice to be shown to them. On hearing this, however, the whole of that assembly of complaining prelates, having no hope of better luck, returned again to their homes. In the same year, on the day of St. Kcnelm, the king and martyr, John abbat of the church of St. Alban'», a religious and learned man, closed his life at a good old age, iu the nineteenth year of his prelatcship.* /foie king John leti his army into Brittany. About this time king John led his army forward from l'oictou into Lesser Britain, and there stayed three days and three nights. On arriving near a city called by the inhabitants Nantes, he determined to attack it ; but the citizens and knights who had been left in charge of the place by the * About that time Ralph of Arundel, nbhat of Westminster, was lo|iw«l hy tlitf aforesaid legate on the day alter the least of Si. Vincent, hi» seal having been broken in the chapter-house hy N. nbhatnf Wcsthain. nluiniu sent on behalf of the legate; in lia'ph's [ilare mus appointed William do Humes, prior of Frontignac,a monk of Caen.


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