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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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de Mariseo bishop of Durham and the monks of that church, about some ancient rights and customs which the monks hail enjoyed for a long time past. The bishop fraudulently sent word to the monks aforesaid to come to him with their privileges and the writings of their church, in order that if anything was deficient ill them, it might be supplied by his decision : the prior, however, and the monks, who had suspicions of the bishop's deceit, would not oil any account show their writings to him. The hishop, therefore, not being able to get sight of their writings, swore that he would convert all their property to his own uses, adding also, that if he found any one of them outside the gate of his convent, he would accept no other ransom from him than his head ; he also swore that as long as he lived the church of Durham should have no peace. Not long afterwards, the followers of the bishop dragged a monk by force from ,1 church, and on the latter laying his complaint for this treatment before the bishop, that prelate replied, that his servants would have done better if they had killed him ; and from that time the said bishop was so hostile, and inflicted such injuries on the aforesaid monks, that, out of uociissit}', they appealed to the pope, and placed themselves and all their property under his protection ; they then sent clerks and some of the monks to Rome, who laid many accusations against the bishop, in answer to which they obtained the following letter from his holiness : " llonorius, bishop, to the bishops of Salisbury, Kly, and others, greeting, &c. So seemly is it for us to take pleasure in the good opinion of our brothers and colleagues, that we will not connive at the vices of the pestilent, since it does not ben mie us, out of regard to Tmr order, to support sinners, whose sin makes them worthy of death, in proportion to the examples of sin which they set to their people, who imitate onlv such crimes as they behold with their own eyes. Hence it is that when things lune often been intimateli to us concerning our venerable brother the bishop of Durham, which are entirely at variance with the episcopal dignity, we were at length so excited by the appeals which are forced on our notice, that we could not suffer the said bishop to continue any longer unchecked in his enormities ; for a glaring accusation has been mede against him, that since his elevation to


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