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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 527



52G r.OGEl: CF WF.NDOVER. [Λ.n. 1220· that obstinate race ; for lie preferred that the Holy Laud should l'ora short time he a slave tu the profane rites of nations, than that those people should any longer flourish, who were not restrained from unlawful actions ly any regard to probity. The approach of the destruction which «as to happen, was prognosticated by divers events, namely by a great famine, frequent earthquakes, and eclipses el the sun and moon ; but the storm of wind, which the astronomers of Toledo, from an inspection of the stars, bad pronounced would come from the assembling of the planets, together with a mortality and foul atmosphere, was without doubt changed to signify this event ; for in the spring there was a heavy wind which shook the fair quarters of the world, and signified that its dillerent nations would be stirred up to battle and to the destruction of the Holy Land. And tlic holy city of Jerusalem, witii the whole land of promise, and also the life-giving cross of our Lord, remained in the hands of the enemies of Christ for forty-two years up to this present year, which is the one thousand two hundred and twenty-ninth year of our Lord's incarnation, when at length the time arrived for our Lord in his compassion to give heed to the prayers of his humble servants, and to rebuild Sion, to appear in his glory in the place of his holy nativity, suffering, and rcsurre. lion, to hear the lamentations of his enslaved people, and to release the sons of the destroyed ones. Truly and without doubt did the Lord hear the groans of his enslaved people at the restoration of the Holy Land, which at that time was brought about hy the diligence of the emperor Frederic, with the co-operation of the divine clemency, inasmuch as all the captives who were in the power of the pagans and subjected to the vilest kinds of slavery, were now released from the yoke of bondage and came to the holy city of Jerusalem, win re they showed themselves to many, and, after having paid their devotions in the sacred plac.s of the holy city, returned to their own countries in various parts of the world, praising and blessing Co I in all things, for they had heard and seen what wonderful works the Lord had done for them and showed to them. (if the reconciliation of Oir half riti/ of Jeritsa'cm anil other places. The army of the Christians then, as we have said, entered the holy city ••{ Jerusalem, and the patriarch, with the suffragan bishops, purified the temple of the Lord and the church of his holy sepulchre and resurrection, and all the other sacriti churches of the city ; they washed tin- paviani ut and «ails with holy «atei, and forming processions with hymns and psaims they ricoiiciled to God all his places which had Leon so long iklil J hy the lilth of ti.e pagans, but as long as the uiiperor, who was excommunicated, remained inside the city, no prelate dared to perl ria mass in it. However a certain niasttl Walter, a religious, wise, and discreet man, of the order of preachers, who had lieui entrusted by the


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