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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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A.D. 1-210.] A 1.Eli ATE SENT ΤΟ ΓΙΙΙΙ.ΙΙ". 3G1 affairs, wo retimi yon abundant thanks; and we earnestly ask and require that, as yon have always done, you will continue to conduct yourselves with courage. We also wish you to be assured that, in a short time you will have, us to assist you ; and we earnestly beg of yon in this matter not to trust to any other false suggestions, or letters, or messages, for we believe that yon will receive false letters and misleading messengers. Farewell." About this time the barons went from the city of London, in company with the knights who had lately come from France, to enjoy the sport of tilting with only lances and cloth armour ; and after spending great part of the day in urging their horses to speed and striking one another with their lances, one of the French knights in the sport couched his lance against (icollrey de Alandeville carl of Essex, and mortally wounded him; the earl however forgave the man who had wounded him, and a few days afterwards died to the regret of many. How Walo aime as legate to the French king. About this same time master Walo was sent by the pope to France by the apostolic authority, to forbid Louis to proceed to England; he on coming to king Philip delivered to him deprecatory letters from the pope, the contents of which were, that he was not to permit his son Louis to go to England as an enemy, or to harass the English king in any way, but to protect and love him as a vassal of the church of Home, and as one whose kingdom, by right of dominion, belonged to the said church of Home. The French king, when he read this, immediately answered, '· The kingdom of England never was the inheritance of Peter, nor is it, nor shall it be. For king .Tolin, in times long past, attempted unjustly to deprive bis own brother king Richard of the kingdom of England, on which he was accused of treachery, convicted of the same in that monarch's presence, and condemned by the decision of the said king at his court, and sentence was pronounced by Hugh de Piisaz bishop of Durham ; therefore he was not a true king, and could not give away his kingdom. Résilies this, had he ever been a lawful king, he afterwards forfeited his kingdom by the murder of Arthur, for which deed he «as condemned in oui- court.'' lie also said that no king or prince could give away his


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