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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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A.ti. 122$. I'lioTKST OF III Κ KMI'IillOIi. into, may have recourse to the true Physician, and may return to the church his mother, and, by due humility and meet atonement., may receive salvation. For we do not wish his everlasting salvation in the Forti to be at stake, for wc formerly loved hiin sincerely when we were in an inferior station, (liven at the Eateran, in the second year of our pontificate." How the emperor declared that he was unjustly excommunicated. When the emperor learned that he was excommunicated he was greatly alarmed ; and as the pope had by his letters ordered the sentence to be published in ail the countries of Christendom, so the said emperor wrote to all the Christian kings and chiefs, complaining that the sentence was wrongfully passed on him. He also told each and all of them, that he hail noi abandoned the pilgrimage which he had entered upon on frivolous pretexts, as the pope Iyingly charged him with, but on account of very serious illness, and in this he invoked the testimony of Him wdio is a true witness in heaven. He moreover declared that as soon as God should grant him bodily health, he would, with all due honour, fulfil lo the Ford his vow of pilgrimage in a manner befitting an emperor. Amongst other catholic kings to whom he wrote, he sent letters scaled with gold to the English king, declaring in them that the Roman church was so inflamed with the passion of avarice and with such evident greediness, that, not being satisfied with appropriating the property of the churches at will, it dared even to disinherit emperors, kings, and princes, and to make them tributary to it. And the Fnglish king would himself find an example of what he had stated in the ease of his father, king John, whom the said church bad kept under excommunication for a length of time until be had made himself and his kingdom tributary to it. They also had an example in the case of the count of Toulouse, and many other chiefs whose lands and persons it contrived to keep under an interdict until it reduced them to a like state of subjection. And at the conclusion of his letter he advised all the princes of the world to guard against such iniquitous avarice in these words, "(iive heetl when neiirhlxHirilig limine* hum, Fur next perhaps may he your turn.*'

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