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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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the chapel and come to London to speak with the king. Hubert replied that he would not leave the chapel on any account ; on which Godfrey and his accomplices snatched the cross and the body of onr Lord out of his hands, and, after securing hiin, placed him on a horse, and conducted him to the tower of London,* where they placed hiin in close confinement. Whe n this was effected they told the king, who had been anxiously waiting their arrival, what they had done, on which he retired to his couch satisfied. How Hubert was brought back to the chapel. Early the next morning Roger bishop of London, on hearing how Hubert had been dragged from the chapel, hastened to the king, and, boldly rebuking him for having violated the sanctity of the holy church, told him that unless he released Hubert and sent him back to the chapel from which he had been dragged by force, he would excommunicate all the authors of this deed of violence. The king then,however unwillingly, knowing Hubert to be guilty, sent him back on the 27th of September to the chapel from which he bad been dragged by the soldiers ; after this he gave orders to the sheriff's of Hereford and Essex, on pain of death, in person and with all the inhabitants of the two counties to blockade the chapel and to see that Hubert did not escape, or receive provisions from anyone. The aforesaid sheriffs then went according to their orders, and commenced blockading it as well as the bishop's house which was near, and dug a deep wide trench around the chapel and the house, determining to keep watch there for forty days. Hubert however bore all this with equanimity, having a clear conscience, as * Paris adds:—" Because they had not found a willing workman. A certain smith, who was summoned and ordered to put fetters on him, asked on whose' legs he was to fasten them, on which one of them said, * On those of Hubert de lìurgh, a convicted rebel and fugitive.' The smith however said with a sigh,' Ilo with me as you please ; may God be merciful to my soul, for the Lord liveth, but I will die rather than put fetters on hiin. Is he not that most faithful and noble-minded Hubert, «ho so often saved England from the ravages of foreigners, and restored England to itself ? Is it not he who in Gascon)' and Normandy served his lord kin^ John so faithfully and boldly, that be w-as even obliged to eat horse-llesh, so that even our enemies praised his remarkable boldness; who for n long time preserved for us, against the king of Era η ce and a chosen army, the eastle of Dover, the key of England, and by defeating our enemies at sea, wrought our safety I Need 1 mention his brave deeds at Lincoln and Bedford! Let Uod deckle between him and you, for yon are treating hiin unjustly and inhumanly, returning evil for good, yea even the worst for the licst.' Ilubert on hearing illese words, thought of the words of the gospel where it said, ' I confess to thee, Father of heaven and earth, that I boil linsl hidden in ν eause from skilful and wise men, and hast re veal ed it to the poor and humble ; to thee,my God. have I revealed my cause; lor my enemies have risen against me,* &cc. But Godfrey tie ('rauciinihe and his Joilowtrs paying little heed to these remarks, fcound Hubert and took him away." L


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