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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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A.I). 1220.] THE I'OPE AN'I) THE EMI'EItOl:. being in tli' service of Jesus Christ ; and if any uno makes mention of the emperor, this John de Uridine declares that there is no other emperor besides himself. Your friends, most mighty emperor, arc astonished at these things, and especially the clergy wonder by what advice and with what conscience the Roman pontili'can do such things, and make war against Christians, especially as the Lord said to l'eter as he was about to strike the man with his sword of steel, " l'ut up your sword into the scabbard ; for every one who strikes with the sword shall perish by the sword." And they equally wonder hy what right he, who every day as it were excommunicates robbers, incendiaries, and tormentors of the Christians, and excludes them from the community of the church, can authorize and give his consent to such proceedings. [ beseech you, therefore, most mighty emperor, to take measures for your own safety, and to preserve your honour touching the aforesaid matters, for your enemy, the aforesaid John do Uridine, has garrisoned all the ports on this side the water with large numbers of armed spies, in order that, if you should happen to return from your pilgrimage, he may make prisoner of you, which (JO(1 forbid.* * l'aris adds : " In the same year, on the second and third days of the week before Ash Wednesday, on which days the student clerks are accustomed to make holiday, some clerks left the city and went to St. .Marcel, to enjoy the sports there on account of its healthy air; and on their arrival there, after refreshing themselves for a while with their games, they discovered some very good and sweet wine in a tavern there. After some time a quarrel arose between the clerks drinking there nnd the vintners, as to the price of the wine, and they proceeded to strike one another anil tear each other's hair, until the villagers came up and rescued the vintners from the hands of the clerks, inflicting severe blows on the opposing clerks, and at length after beating them soundly, put them to (light. They returned bruised to the city, and aroused their companions to revenge them ; they all accordingly sallied forth the next day with swords and clubs, and on arriving at St. Marcel, they forcibly entered the h(«usc of one of the vintners, broke all his wine vessels, poured the wine about the floor of the house, and then, proceeding through the streets, they tierecly attacked every one thev met, and after beating them severely, left tlicin half dead. The prior of St. Marcel, on learning the great injuries inflicted on the people whom he was bound to protect, laid a complaint before the Roman legati' and the bishop of l'aris, who at once proceeded together to the ipiccn, who then managed the government of the kingdom, and begged of her to give orders for the punishment of such an insuit. The ipiccii. with a woman's saueiness, and at the first impulse ordered the prefectsof the city and some of her soldiers to arm themselves imiuedii'tely, sally forth from the city, and punish the authors of this act of χ it lence, showing, incrcv to none. These men being alwais ready lo perform any cruelty, went through the gates of the city, and found a number of clerks outside engaged in their games, but who had not been at ;;!! concerned in the above violence. The tumultuous clerks, who had caused the origin of


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