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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 331



HOGF.IÎ O F VVF.XHOVF.IÏ. [A.υ. \-2]ò. testimony of tliis, lie transmitted to the English kincr the following immunity:— How, by the immunity from the ajOstolic see, the, liberties granted t » t'ic English barons were annulled, "Innocent, bishop, servant of the servants of God. to all the faithful ones of Christ, who shall see this paper, health and the apostolic bles-dn!r. Although (air well-beloved son in Christ. John the illustrious king of the English, has greatly offended God and the holy church, for which we fettered him with the bonds of excommunication, and placed bis kingdom under an interdict, nevertheless the said kin:.', by the merciful inspiration of Him who desires not the death of a sinner but that be should be converted and live, at length, after reflection, atoned in all humility to God and the church, inasmuch a he not only gave reeomponce for losses, and made restitution of confiscated property, but also granted full liberty to the English church; moreover on the withdrawal tu' both decrees, he yielded bis kingdom ot England as well as that of Ireland to St. Peter and the church of Home, receiving them from us in fee on condition of the annual payment to us of a thousand marks, and making an oath of fealty to us, as appears by his privilege sealed with the golden bull. And desiring still more to give satisfaction to the Almighty, he assumed the sign of the living cross, in order to go to the assistance of the Holy Land, for which he was preparing himself with much expense. Hut the enemy of the human race, whose custom it is to be envious of good actions, bv bis crafty arts excited the barons of England against bini, so that, the order of things being perverted, he was, after being converted anil making atonement to the church, attacked by those, who stood by him in bis olfence acrain^t the church. When at length a cause of difference arose between them, and after several days had been appointed to treat alxuit pence, special messengers were sent to us; and after a careful discussion of the matter with them, we, after full deliberation, wrote by the same messengers to Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, and the bishops of England, ordering them to give diligent attention and efficacious assistance to restore true peace and concord between the parties, to prtclaim all confederacies and con


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