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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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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diately at sight of them to come to Rome, as his influence there was entirely destroyed. After having glanced at these letters, he dejectedly threw them into the lire, and at once changing his plans, he left Kngland in confusion, having ordered Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, as was expressed in the letters of the pope, to convoke the king and all the prelates of the kingdom, and to send to the pope their answer on the matter for which he, the said Otho, had been sent into Kngland. When therefore he had turned his back on England, Stephen archbishop of Canterbury summoned all concerned ill the business to a council at Westminster after Easter, and there he. in the presence of the king and the prelates of England who had all assembled at his summons, read the above-mentioned letters concerning the gift of presents to the Roman church ; after they had heard the letters read and understood their purport, they all laughed amongst themselves at the greediness of the Romans who did not understand the moral— "I t is not wealth hut virtue that will make a man content ; Nor needy is the man who's poor, hut who on gain is bent.'' The king then called the prelates and some of the noble? apart, and they gave the following answer to the archbishop: " These grants, which the pope advises us to agree to, concern the. whole Christian community; and as wc are situated in an extreme corner of the world, we will see how other kingdoms act in regard to these demands, and when we have their example our lord the pope shall find us more rendv in our acquiescence with his demands than others." And with these words all were allowed to depart. Gf the great movement made against the count of Toulouse. About the same time a crusade was preached throughout the French provinces in general by the Roman legate, that all who could carry arms, should assume the cross against the count of Toulouse and his followers, who were said to be infected with the foul stain of heresv. At his preaching, a great number of prelates as well as laitv assumed the cross, being induced to do so more by fear of the French king or to obtain favour with the legate, than bv their zeal for justice ; for it seemed to many to be a sin to attack a true Christian, especially as all were aware that,

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