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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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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order you inviolably to keep the rules, which, by way of security, we have sealed with the seals of our venerable brethren of Ostia and Tusculuin. And it is our will and by the apostolic authority wc order you to summon the visitors to a general chapter, and also the priors where there are no abbats, in person, exempt as well as unexcmpt, who have not usually held chapters ; and they will preside at this general chapter, laying aside all canonical impediment. And those who shall refuse or neglect to attend shall be compelled to do so by the church's censure, and shall not cease till they cause them to make a meet atonement, such as they shall duly impose on them ; and by the same censure shall cause the decrees of the same chapter to be strictly observed ; and they themselves, as well as the visitors and some others, shall at the last judgment render an account of their ministry to the Lord, to whom everything is clear and visible, and they shall make it their business at the visitation of the monasteries to use all care and diligence in reforming and correcting the abuses of the several orders. Moreover, when the visitors, according to the decrees of the general council, shall proceed in the general chapter of abbats to fulfil their duties of visitation, they shall carefully examine into the state of the monasteries, and as to how the regular observances are kept, and shall make such amendments and reformations as may seem to them to be necessary, both in spiritual and temporal matters ; so that they shall cause offending monks to be punished by the abbat of the place, and wholesome penance to be imposed on them, according to the rules of St. Benedict, and to the apostolic institutions, and not according to the wicked custom which has now grown into a law in some churches. And the visitors themselves by regular censure, and without regard to persons, shall in our stead punish any monks whom they may find contumacious and rebellious, not sparing them on account of their own pertinacity or the power of their friends, but shall eject the diseased sheep from the fold that he may not infect the healthy ones. And if the abbats are discovered to be neglectful in correcting themselves or their monks, according to the mandate of the visitors and the regular decrees, they shall be proclaimed, seized, and publicly punished in the general chapter, so that their punishment will be an example to others. And if any abbat who is not exempt is discovered by the visitors to be negligent and remiss, they shall denounce him to the diocesan of the place, who shall, assign him a trustworthy and prudent person to cooperate with him until the next general chapter. But if he is found guilty of dilapidation or deserving of removal on any other account, be shall after he has been told of the matter by the visitor, be removed by the diocesan from the government of his abbacy and from the monastery without the bustle of a trial ; and in the meantime a proper manager shall bo provided to superintend the temporal

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