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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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AD. 1213.] G Κ VE RAI. COUNCIL AT ROME. 313 in general, and also himself, as far as his duty bound hirn, to make it public throughout the whole of his diocese on each Sunday and feast-day. The archbishop had already em barked on board ship to go to Rome to attend the council, and therefore asked a respite till he could have an interview with the pope ; firmly declaring, as to publishing the. sen tence, that a tacit sentence had indeed gone forth against the barons, but that he would not in any way make it public until he learned the pleasure of the supreme pontiff on the atres lid matters by word of mouth. The aforesaid agents in this matter, when they found that the archbishop diso beyed the commands of the pope, by virtue of the authority with which they were invested, suspended him from entering the church and performing divine service; and he observing this in all humility wont to Rome a suspended prelate. Then the bishop of Winchester, with his brother agent I'andulph, declared all the barons of Kngland who had endeavoured to drive the king from bis kingdom to be excommunicated, and published the sentence pronounced against them every Sunday and feast-day; but as none of them had been mentioned by name in the pope's warrant, they paid no attention to the said sentence, but considered it as invalid and of no effect. Of the general council held by pope Innocent at Rome. In the same year, namely, A.n. 1215, a sacred and general synod was held in the month of November, in the church of th e Holy Saviour at Rome, called Constantian, at which our Ioni pope Innocent, in the eighteenth year of his pontificate, presided, and which was attended by four hundred and twelve bishops. Amongst the principal of these were the two patriarchs of Constantinople and Jerusalem. The patriarch of Antioch could not come, being detained by serious illness, but he sent his vicar, the bishop of Antaradus ; th e patriarch of Alexandria being under the dominion of th e Saracens, did the best he could, sending a deacon his cousin in his place. There were seventy-seven primates and metropolitans present, more than eight hundred abbats and priors ; and of the proxies of archbishops, bishops, abbats. priors, and chapters, who were absent, the number is not known. There was also present a great multitude of ambassadors from the


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