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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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504 ROC Κ Κ 01·' WHN'WiVEK. [Α .π. V22H. from unlooked-for calamities, disgrace rebounds on the Father and the Son, the Redeemer and the redeemed, on Christ and on the people of Christ ? \Vc therefore the more ardently long to take this business in band again, and bymore careful plans purpose to find remedies, in proportion to our necessities and the many sorrows we have endured : and thus when the Lord shows himself slightly angry with his people, and does not receive the sacrifice from their hands, yet the mercies of God are not yet expended, nor is his compassion entirely worn out. For we trust in the compassion of God. who shows us the way by which we may arrive at a successful issue in this matter, and be will send men after his own heart who will with pure hearts and clean bands lead on the Christian army. We , therefore, by these apostolic letters, beseech and order your brotherhood, faithfully to set these matters forth to the clergy and people entrusted to your charge, and to induce them to prepare their minds to carry out this business ; and also by diligent exhortation to call on them to revenge this insult to Jesus Christ, so that when the apostolic sec, after more mature deliberation, shall think proper to ask their aid, it may find them prompt and ready. However, that we may not be like dumb dogs unable to bark, and that we may not scorn to give way to this man in disregard of God, without punishing him who has brought such great injury on the people of God, wc, although unwillingly, publicly declare the said emperor Frederic to be excommunicated, inasmuch as he did not cross the sea at the appointed time, nor did he send thither the pre-arranged sum of money, neither did he bring there the thousand soldiers to be kept for two years at his expense for the assistance of the Holy Land, but failing in these three articles of his agreement, he has of his own accord involved himself in the net of the aforesaid excommunication ; and we order him to be strictly avoided by all, and command you publicly to announce this sentence yourselves, and to cause it to be published by the other prelates of the churches, and wc will proceed against him more severely if his contumacy calls for it. We, moreover, trust in the mercy of our holy Father, who wishes no one to perish, that the darkened eyes of his mind, when anointed with the salve of the church, will, if he be not rebellious in heart, be enlightened, so that he may see his nakedness, and may avert the disgrate which he is falling


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