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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. 1210.] I.Ol'I.s's MESSE.VGEKS AT ΚΟΛΙΕ. sengers, health and faithful service 11« it known to voiir excellency, that on tin: Smiciuy ml tiit'Hsrm l'usthn we went to our lord the |»ojic, without harm to our persons and pro perty, and at once went before him on the same day. We found him cheerful, hut apparently having cause of sorrow ; and when we had presented our letters and saluted him on your behalf, he answered its, saying, ' Your lord is not worthy of our salutation.' 1 immediately answered, ' Father, I believe that when you have, heard the reasons and excuses of our Ioni, you will limi him worthy of your salutation, as a Christian, a catholic, and one always devoted to you and the church ' I Koine ;' and thus we retired from his presence tiiat day ; but, as we were going away, bis holiness most kindly told us thai he would willingly grant us audience when and as often as we wished. On the following Tuesday our lord the pop sent an attendant of his to your dwelling, ordering us to come to him, on which we, immediately went before him ; and after we hail stated our case, he said much in reply to us which seemed to blame your actions and your reasons, and as soon as he had finished his discourse, he said, striking his breast and groaning in spirit, ' Woe is me that in this all'air the church of (iod cannot escape trouble ; for if the king of Kngland is compierei I, we are mixed up with his trouble, because be is our vassal, and we are bound to protect him ; it' your lord Louis is compierei!, in bis barm the church of Home is banned, and we consider an injury to him as one to ourselves; we always indulged the hope, and we indulge it now, that he would be in all its times of need the arm in oppression the solace, and in persecution the refuge of the church of Koine.' And finally, he said that hi: would sooner die than that any barm should befall yon in this business ; and thus we left him that day. .Moreover, by the advice of some of the cardinals, we are waiting for the day of Ascension, that no decree may be made against you, as on that day it is the pope's custom to repeat his sentences ; for the pope had himself told us that he expected messengers from the lord Walo. Farewell !"


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