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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 347



346 ΙΙΟΓίΕΙί OF WBXDOVER. [Λ.η . 1015. those who do not eome in person, ont at their own expense send suitable persons according to their means, and also to those who come in person though at the expense of others, wc likewise grant full pardon for their sins. And it is also our will that those should share in this forgiveness who out of their own property shall furnish proper supplies for the assistance of the said country, or who have rendered seasonable counsel and assistance on the aforesaid matters. And for all those who proceed on this expedition the holy and universal synod bestows the favour of its prayers and good wishes, to the end that they may better obtain eternal salvation. Amen." Of the accusation made at Rome against Steplien arclibishop of Canterbury. At this council there appeared the abbat of Beaulieu. and the knights Thomas Ilardington, and Geoffrey dc Crawcombe, as proxies of the king of Kngland, against the archbishop of Canterbury, openly accusing him of connivance with the Knglish barons, and asserting that he showed favour and gave, advice to the said barons in their attempt to expel the said king from the throne of the kingdom : and although he had received letters from the apostolic see, ordering him by ecclesiastical censure to restrain the nobles from their persecution of the king, he refused to do so, on which he was suspended by the bishop of Winchester and his colleagues from the performance of divine service and from entering the church, and then hurrying to this council he thus by evident indications showed himself rebellious against the apostolic commands. On hearing these and many other allegations againt him the archbishop, as if at once convicted, was not a little confused, and made no answer, except asking for the withdrawal of his suspension ; but to this the pope is said indignantly to have made this answer, " Brother, by St. l'etcr. you will not so easily obtain absolution from us, after having inflicted such and so many injuries not only on the king of Kngland himself, but also on the church of Koine. We will, after full deliberation with our brethren, decide how wc are to punish such a rash fault." And at length, after having discussed the matter with his cardinals, he confirmed the


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