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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 498



A.D. 1228 . "] NE W LAWS ENACTED. 497 and closed, so that tlicy will appear like the rest of my flesh ;" and immediately without any bodily pain or suffering he was released from the flesh, and resigned his spirit to his Creator. After his death no marks of the wounds appeared either in his side, hands, or feet. This man of God was buried in his oratory, and the Roman pontiff admitted him into the number of saints, and ordered the day of his death to be observed as a solemn feast.* Of certain new laics wade bg the king of Kngland. A.D . 1228 . King Henry kept Christmas with all due solemnity at York, and immediately afterwards set out by the direct road for London. In this journey he found a deficiency in the measures of corn, wine, and beer, on which he broke some and burnt others, and substituting larger ones, he ordered the bread to be made of heavier weight, and that those who broke this law should be heavily fined. In the month of January of the same year Roger de Theoncy, a brave knight of noble birth, closed his lift; near Reading; this noble's elder brother, Ralph, who was then absent, dcsiretl to converse with him before he died, and came with all haste to him ; but before he arrived his much beloved brother was dead, and he fourni neither volte nor sense in him. Ralph, who was in great grief for the death of his brother, then began with tears and cries to adjure his brother although he was dead, out of brotherly affection to speak to him ; and after reiterating his cries ami entreaties in the presence of his soldiers and many others, he said that he would never take food again, unless he could converse with him. The dead man on this sat up in the bed, and severely reproached his brother for disturbing his spirit, and having recalled him to the body again. " I have already." said he, " seen the punishments inflicted on the wickctl, and * t'ari*! gives some long letters of the pope as to how far the powers of the Minorite onler were to extend ; the method of receiving brothers into the order ; stutiug their holy duties nnd how they are to live : forbii!» them to receive motley; as to the manner of peti'orniing their dutiis; forbids them to have any property of their own : fixes the penance to !,• imposed on Ihem ; the election of a general minister ami the chapter at Whitsuntide : forbids any of the brothers to preach without lea\e from the diocesan, and concludes with an admonition, and forbidding them to enter the convents of nuns, and instructs those who go amongst the infidels how they are to proceed. \ 01.. il. li. Κ


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