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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 525



524 ROGER OF WENDOVEU. [A.D. 12-29. we, in company with all the pilgrims who had with us faithfully followed Christ the Son of God, entered the holy city of Jerusalem, and after worshipping at the holy sepulchre, we, as being a catholic emperor, on the following clay, wore the crown, which Almighty God provided for us from the throne of his majesty, when of his special grace he exalted us on high amongst the princes of the world; so that whilst we have supported the honour of this high dignity, which belongs to us by right of sovereignty, it is more and more evident to all that the baud of the bord hath clone all this ; and since his mercies are over all his works, let the worship pcrs of the orthodox faith henceforth know and relate it far and wide throughout the world, that He, who is blessed for ever, has visited and redeemed his people, and has raised up the horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. And before we leave the city of Jerusalem, we have determined magnificently to rebuild it and its towers and walls, and we intend so to arrange matters that, during our absence, there shall be no less care and diligence used in the business than if we were present in person. In order that this our present letter may be full of exultation throughout, and so a happy end correspond with its happy lieginning, and rejoice your royal mind, we wish it to be known to you our ally, that the said sultan is bound to restore to us all those captives whom he did not, in accordance with the treaty made between him and the Christians, deliver up at the time when he lost Damietta some time since, and also the others wdio have been since taken. Given at the holy city of Jerusalem, on the 17th day of the month of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand two hundred and twenty-nine." Of the signs preceding the restoration of the Holy Land.* It should be remarked concerning this restoration of the land of promise and Jerusalem to the Christians, that as the astronomers of Toledo, before this cause of general rejoicing anil exultation amongst Christians, wrote concerning the concourse of the planets, and of the dreadful storms of wind, so that they would stand together, and at the same time that there would be an earthquake, and an eclipse of the sun as well as the moon, which has been before mentioned amongst the events of this year, in the same way, * These two chapters are omitted in Paris, instead of which is a description of the great seal attached to the emperor's hull. " The form of the emperor's golden bull was as follows:— On one side was the royal ligure, and around it was written, * Frederic, by the grace of God, the august emperor of the Romans.' On the same side as the royal figure, over the left shoulder, was written, ' King of Jerusalem ;' in another part, over the left shoulder, were the words, ' King of Sicily.' On the other side of the hull was engraved a city, representing Rione , and around it was written, 1 Rome, the head of the world, holds the reigns of the round world,' This bull was somewhat larger than the pope's.


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