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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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234 ROC.ΕΚ or wnxnovEK. "A.D . 1210. the temporal good of the king as well as the kingdom, by these our apostolic letters order, and in all good faith advise yon, to make a virtue of necessity, and renounce of your own accord an agreement of this kind, and make reparation to the king and his followers for the harm and injuries you have inflicted upon him. that be, being appeased by your manifest indications of devotion and humility, may of his own accord make, any concessions he ought by rights to grant ; and to this we ourselves will also persuade him, since, as we ilo not wish him to be deprived of his rights, so we wish him to cease from harassing you, that the kingdom of Kngland may not under our dominion be oppressed by evil customs and unjust exactions ; and whatever is decreed in such a way shall In' confirmed and ratified for ever. May lie, therefore, who wishes no man to perish, incline you to acquiesce with humility in our wholesome advice and commands, lest, if you act otherwise, you be reduced to such straits from which you will not be able to escape without much trouble; since, not to speak of other matters, we cannot conceal the great danger of the whole business of the cross, which would be in imminent danger, unless, by onr apostolic authority, we altogether revoke all the promises which have been extorted from such a king, and one who has assumed the cross, even although lie wished them to be kept. Wherefore, when the archbishop and bishops of Kngland appear before us at the general council which we intend to hold to expedite the more urgent matters of the church, do you also send (it proctors to appear before us, and entrust yourselves without fear to our benevolence; because we, under God's favour, will so ordain matters that, by altogether doing away with the abuses in the kingdom of Kngland, the king may he contented with his just rights and dignities, and the clergy as well as the people in general may enjoy the peaee and liberty due to them. Given at Agnano, the 24th of August, in the eighteenth year of our pontificate." The Knglish nobles, however, even after they had, by the king's management, received these letter.-, alike admonitory and threatening, would not desist from their purpose, but harassed him the more severely. William d'Alhincy lakes command i./ Rochester castle. In the meantime the noble William d'Albiney, after


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