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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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462 KOGEIÎ OF WEXDOVEK. [Λ . ι). 1205. humbly begged the king of England to become reconciled to l-'aulkes, and to rotore to him his wife and all the possessions which he had lost, and to receive him again on terms of friendship, as he had so faithfully served his father and himself in time of war. To this the king replied, that, for his open treachery he had, by the decision of his court and with tin; consent of all the clergy and people of the kingdom, been banished from England, and although the care of the kingdom belonged especially to him, yet he ought to observe the laws ami established customs of the kingdom ; ami when Otho heard this, he ceased to ask anything further of the king on behalf of Eaulkcs. Otho then took two marks of silver from all the conventual churches of England, under the name of procuration-money. It should also be known, that when Muster Otho came to England, the pope sent messengers throughout the world, making unjust exactions, as will be hereafter told. Of a certain girl who gare up the world and retired to the order of the Minorites. About this time there was a certain girl of noble extraction in the province of Uurgundy, whom her parents hud appointed heiress to large possessions, and wished to give in marriage to a man of illustrious descent: but the girl, who from her early years had been imbued with a liberal education, had in the secret purity of her heart dedicateti her virginity to (iod. She therefore left her parents' abode disguised in the habit of a pilgrim, the more easily to escape their sight, and betook herself to a convent of some brothers of the order of Minorites; then', at her own request, she in accordance with the rigorous rules of that order, laid aside her shoes, clothed herself in sackcloth, and contemptuously cut oil' her luxuriant hair, thus endeavouring, by all the means in her power, to transform her natural beaut)' of person into every kind of deformity. After she had attempted to do this but inell'ectually, since she could not, against the will of God, deform the beautiful arrangement of her body, which was incomparable in all its proportions, she made it her only endeavour to consecrate to the eternal Spouse, who is in heaven, that purity of llesh which was internal : and, the more easily to carry this purpose into effect, she of her


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