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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 355



ROGEK Ot-' WENDOVEIÏ. [A.D. 101G. your knowledge that at our kite general council, we, on lichall' of the Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and by the authority of the blessed Peter and Paul bis apostles, and by our own authority, excommunicated and anathematized the barons of Kngland with their aiders and abettors, for their persecution of .John the illustrious king ot'the Knglish, a king who has assumed the cross and is a vas.-al of the church of Rome, inasmuch as they are endeavouring to take from him the kingdom which is known to belong to the Roman church. Moreover we excommunicate and anathematize all those who have lent their assistance or money in attacking that kingdom, or to hinder those who go to the assistance of the said king, and we lay the lands of the said barons under the interdict of the church. We also lay our hands more heavily on them if they do Hot desist from their designs, since in this respect they are worse than Saracens; and it is our decree that, if any priest of any rank or order shall dare to violate the aforesaid sentences of excommunication ι r iute rdict, be may rest assured that he is struck with the sword of the interdict, and will be deposed from every otlire and benefice. Wherefore we, by these apostolic letters, entrust it to your discretion to publish the aforesaid decrees throughout all Kngland, ami with our authoritvto cause the same to be observed inviolate notwithstanding the interposition of any condition or appeal. It is moreover our will and command, that you, by the apostolic authoritv. publicly throughout all Kngland denounce as excommunicated, ami cause to be strictly avoided by all, certain barons of Kngland, whom our venerable brother the bishop of Winchester, and our well-beloved sous tue abbat ut' Reading, and master l'andulph our sub-deacon and familiar, by lis delegated, have personally declared excommunicated, because thev-"found them guilty in the aforesaid matters, to wit these citizens of London «h o have been the chief promoters of the aforesaid crime, and Robert Kitz-Walter. S. earl of Winchester, K. his son, (i. de Mandeville. and William his brother, li. earl of Clare, and G. his son, 11. .ari of Hereford. R. du Percy, K. de Vescy. constable of Chester, William de Mowbray, William d'Albiney, \\ . bis son, 1;. de RIKIS and William bis sou, P. de lini», lì. de ( ressy, John hi.- soli, Ralph Kitz-Robcrt, R. carl lligod, II. his sou, Robert de


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