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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.I). 1234.] IIOSTir.ITY OK THF. NORI.ES. not fulfil their promises to any one, they do not keep faith, their oaths, nor abide by any written agreements, nor do they fear excommunication ; wherefore those who have departed from the truth have fallen into despair, and those who abide by it are in alarm. W e say this to you in good faith, and we advise you in the presence of God and man, and we beg of and warn you to dismiss such advisers, and, as is the custom in other Countries, to govern yours also by the assistance of the faithful and sworn subjects of your own kingdom ; for we have to inform you for a fact that, unless you correct these abuses in a short time, we shall proceed, by means of the censure of the church, against you and all other gainsayers, and we are only awaiting the consecration of our venerable father tho archbishop elect of Canterbury." On these words, the king humbly begged a respite for a short time, saying, that he could not dismiss his counsellors so suddenly, at any rate until h" had received from them an account of the money entrusted to them ; and thus the council broke up, and all departed in confident hopes of soon obtaining peace in the kingdom. //i'tf the proscribed nobles burst out into arts of venf/ettnee. After the aforesaid council was dissolved the king went to liromholni to perform his devotions, and on his road passed the town of St. I'Mmund's, where, moved by piety, he granted to the wife of Hubert de Burgh eight manors out of her husband's territories, which were then under the charge of Robert J'asselewe by his orders ; then, after ho had performed his devotions, he returned to the western part of the kingdom, and arrived at the town of Huntingdon. Whilst he was staying at the latter place, Richard Seward, in company with Gilbert Bassett and other pro.-erilicd nobles, went to Alinondhnry. a town belonging to Stephen de S'grave, about two miles distant from where the king was, and burned all the buildings belonging to the aforesaid Stephen, and plundered the place That nobleman, who was with the king, saw the flames from his houses illuminating the whole country round, and at once hastened with a large armed force to protect his property : but when he heard that Richard Seward was the author of this deed of violence, he turned back as if (lying from a hostile force, and, not sparing the spur, fled with all haste to the king, who, as well as his attendants, was excited to laughter at him. About the same time too, this same Kichard Seward and his followers made prisoners of s nue knights who attacked them in the Welsh territories, and according to the law of war, compelled them to pay a heavy ransom. In this year on the Sunday on which the psalm, " Let Jerusalem rejoice," is chanted, which fell on the 2nd of April, Kdmund, archbishop elect of Canterbury, was consecrated in Christ church at that place by linger bishop of London, in the presence of the king and thirteen bishops ; aud on the same day he performed solemn mass, wearing the pall.


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