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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 520



A.D . 12-20.] ItlCIIAKD ARCIIIUSIIOI*. SI!) them difficult of persuasion, they were in great fear of 1« iug deccived in their expectations ; whereupon they held an abominable council on the ahove matters, and at length, on Ικ.-hulf of the kino of England, promised the pope a tenth part of all moveable prope rtyfrum all Kngliuid and Ireland, to maintain his war against the emperor, n condition that he would favour the king's designs. The pope, who ahove all things desired to humble the rebellious emperor, was delighted at these promises, ami induced to consent to their terms, and accordingly, taking his scat in the consistory, he delivered sentence as follows. The e'ectli.n of Walter the nook, elect of f'artterhnry, annulled. The election in the church of Canterbury of a certain monk named Walter has lately been brought to our notice, and we have since heard what the said monk has pleaded on behalf of biniseli, and in favour of his election ; wc have also heard the objections and exceptions made by the bishops of England, as well against the aforesaid election as against the character of the elect, which have been set forth in our presence by our venerable brothers the bishops of Coventry and Rochester, and our Well-beloved son the archdeacon id' Bedford, and we entrusted it to our vein rable brothers, the lord bishop of Albano, master Thomas de Sta. Sabina, and master I'., our cardinals, to make an examination into the qualities id' the archbishop elect. And when the said elect appeared before them, and was asked concerning the descent of our Iiord into hell, whether he descended in the flesh, or Ma s released from it, he answered unsatisfactorily. Also when asked about the consecration of the body of Christ at the altar, he answered improperly. Again, when asked about Rachel, how she wept for her children, he improperly replied, " When she was first dead." Again, when asked about the sentence of excommunication if pronounced contrary to law, he answered improperly. Also, when asked about marriage, if either of the contracting parties should die an unbeliever, he gave an improper answer. On all these points he has been carefully examined by the cardinals, and we say that he has answered not only indifferently, but even most improperly. Since, therefore, the church of Canterbury is noble, and should have a noble prolate, a discreet and modest man. and one taken from the bosom of the Roman church ; and since this present elected one, whom we not only pronounce to be unworthy for the ottico, but of whom, if we were to act with strict regard to justice, wc should be ci mpellcd to say something more is quite unfit to he raised to such a high station ; wc therefore altogether annul the election that has been made with regard to him, reserving to ourselves to provide for the said church. Of the promotion of Hichard to the archbishopric of l'anteriori/. The above election then having been thus annulled, the agents of the king of England and of tho suffragan bishops of the church


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