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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 468



κ.η. 1220.] DEMANDS OF THE ΙΌΓΕ. elm roll is the punsi; (i f this offence, anil evil name, it is the duty of all to alleviate the wants of their mother and father as natural sons; because unless we received presents from you and other good and honourable men, we should be in want of the necessaries of life, which would be altogether inconsistent with the dignity of the Roman church. In order therefore utterly to destroy this abuse, we, by the advice of our brethren tin; cardinals o f the holy Roman church, have provided certain t"rms, to which if you will agree, yon may free your mother from insult, and obtain justice at the court of Rome without the necessity of making presents. Our provided tenus are these: in the first place we require two prebends to be granted to us from ail cathedral churches, one from the portion of the bishop and another from the chapter; and from monasteries in the same way where there are different portions for the abbat and the convent ; and from convents tin; share of one monk, on an equal distribution being made of their property, and the same from the abbat." After making these proposals, Master Otho, on behalf of our lord the pope advised the prelates to consent, setting forth the above-mentioned advantages contained in the letters. The bishops and prelates of the church who were present in person, thou moved apart to consult on the matter, and after having deliberated on the proposals for some time, they deputed John archdeacon of Red ford to give their answer, who went before Master Otho, and gave the following reply to his demands ; '· .My lord, the things which you set forth to us rider to the king in particular, and to all the patrons of the church in general ; they refer to the archbishops and their .suffragans, and to numbers of the prelates of England. Since, therefore, the king on account nf illness, and some of the archbishops and bisliops and other prelates of the church are absent, we cannot, and ought not in their absence, give von an answer: for if we wen; to presume s o to do, it would be to the injury of all who are absent." After this, John Marshal and other messengers of the king were sent to all the prelates who held baronies in chief of the king, strictly forbidding them to engage their lay fee to the church of Riunì', by which he would be deprived of the service which was due to himself Master ()lln. mi hearing this, appointed a day in the middle of Lent for those who H II Ί


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