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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.D. 1223.] COMPLAINTS AGAINST FREDERIC. Ó27 pope with the duty of preaching in the army of Christ, which (tuty he had for a long time prosperously fulfilled, performed divine services in the suburban churches, hy which he greatly excited the devotion of the Christians. After then the prelates, inferior as well as superior, anil all the religious men had had their church 'S and old possessions restored to them, and had rejoiced in nil the heavenly gifts which had been bestowed on them far beyond their expectations, they all set to work in conjunction with the rest of the pilgrims, at great expense and trouble, to rebuild the city, to surround the walls with trenches, and to repair the ramparts of the towers ·, and not only was this done in the holy city id' Jerusalem, hut also in all the cities and fortresses of that land, which Jesus Christ had trodden with his holy feet, and consecrated with his sacred blood. 77i« pope's causes of complaint against the emperor.9 In the same year master Stephen, a chaplain and messenger of the pope, came to Kngland to the king to collect the tithes promised hy the messengers of the said king to his holiness for carrying on his war against the Roman emperor ; for the pope had heard of many detestable offences against the Christian law committed by the said emperor, on account of which be had committed to writing, and caused to be published in letters from the apostolic see throughout the dllferent parts of the world. In the first place he set forth against him that, on the day of the annunciation of the blessed Mary, he, although excommunicated, had gone into the church of the holy sepulchre at Jerusalem, and there, before the great altar, had with his own hands crowned himself, and when thus crowned, had sat thero in the patriarchal sea', anil made a speech to the people extenuating his wickedness, and accusing the Roman church of having acted unjustly against him ; and then going forth from the church, attended hy a crowd id' liis own followers, without any ecclesiastic oflicial, had worn the crown to the palace of the hospitallers. Also, that in his palace at Acre he had eaten and drunk with Saracens, and introduced Christian dancing women to perform before them, and, as was said, that they had afterwards had connection with them. Also, that no one except himself knew the terms of the treaty which he had entered into with the sultan ; and it plainly appeared, as far as could he judged from external appearances, that he approved of the law ol the Saracens rather than that of our faith, inasmuch as ho followed tlieir customs in several points. Also, that in the written agreement between him and the sultan, which in the Arabic tongue is called ino.sejihu, there was contained a condition, * Paris greatly enlarges on the dispute heiween t'-.e ρο· , and the empeior, and gi\cs a long letter from tierald p.i:ri:irc:i ol Jeiusalcm, complaining of the emperor, written in the usual style of the latere of those d.es. Ko.


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