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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 521



ROGEK OK WENPOVEK. [A.D . 1-ivîO. of Canterbury, in the pope's presene», produced authentic letters from the same, namely, the king and bishops, in which they made a proposal in favour of master Richard, chancellor of the church of Lincoln, declaring that he was a man of eminent wisdom and learning, and of goodly conversation, and that he would greatly promote the welfare of the church of Rome, as well as of the king and kingdom of England ; and thus bestowing all kinds of praise on this person, they induced the pope and his cardinals to consent to his election : and thus the aforesaid Richard having been not elected, but given to the archbishopric, his holiness the pope sent 1 'tiers to the suffragan bishops of Canterbury to the following eifect, "Gregory, bishop, Arc., cSC. In our care of the pastoral office which is entrusted and granted by our Lord to us, unworthy as we are, we, in the plenitude of our apostolic power, are, by emergencies daily arising, compelled to undertake the care and management of all churches, and when necessary, out of regard to justice and in kindness, to provide for them with paternal diligence. Amongst all other particular churchos and metropolitan sees we open the eyes of our consideration to the church of Canterbury, in its necessities, as the most noble limb of the apostolic see, and which the mother of churches, the apostolic see, ought to regard with the greater favour, inasmuch as the divine mercy has shed more abundant grace on the temporal and spiritual concerns of that see. This church, the Most High, in his disposal of things, has planted as the paradise of pleasure and the garden of sweets, in which lie has produced the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in his institution of the metropolitan dignity, the tree of life in the religious order of monks, and the discipline of regular observance of their tenets, trees bearing fruit in the suffragan bishops, which by their good works give delight to the sigbt, by the doctrines of faith please the taste, and by good opinion refresh the smell. From the same place flows forth a river by which is denoted the blood of the glorious martyr Thomas, which in its course is divided into four heads, since it restores life to the dead, health to the sick, liberty to slaves, and courage to the timid. And when in careful meditation we discuss his excelling miracles, we find the rare and extraordinary delights of the divine plantation. Whereas, the guardian of this paradise, Stephen of good memory, lately archbishop of Canterbury, a cardinal of the Roman church, and a man most signally imbued with the gifts of science and with the heavenly grace, has been taken from the workshop of the flesh, and removed as we hope and trust to the enjoyments and tranquillity of the heavenly paradise, our beloved sons of the conventual assembly at Canterbury have brought to our notice an election they have made of one Walter, a monk of Canterbury ; and whereas, after discussing the merits of that election, and examining into the learning of that pcrsou, we in due regard to


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