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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 594



A.D. 1231.] HENRY AND HIS NOP.l.ES RECONCILED. 593 Gloucester on the Sunday next preceding Ascension day, which would be the 2!Hh of May, then and there to receive a full pardon and all their inheritances ; and they were to come there without any suspicion, under the safe conduct of the archbishop and bishops. Accordingly, by the intervention of the archbishop and bishops, they came to terms with the king ; Hubert do liurgh, the ex-justiciary, Gilbert liassctt and his brothers, Richard Seward, and all those who had been banished with them and on their account, and all of them were admitted by the king to the kiss of peace on the 28th of May, and had all their rights restored to them hy him. At this same conference, Gilbert, the earl marshal's brother, came to the king announcing his brother's death, and demanded of him to be installed in his inheritance, and offering to do homage to the king, and whatever else he was bound to do to him as his lord. The king then hy the advice of the archbishop, restored to him all his inherited possessions in England as well as in Ireland, and received his homage ; and, on the Whitsunday following he conferred the knight's belt on the said Gilbert, and delivered to him the wand of the marshal of his court, to he held with all the honours which had been paid to his ancestors, lie also admitted Hubert de Burgh, Gilbert Bassett,* and Richard Seward amongst his private and familiar * Paris adds:—"And the king regarding him with a calm look, embraced him and gave him the kiss of peace, restoring him as well as the other proscribed nobles to his former favour. Then Hubert earl of Kent, with a grateful remembrance, clasped his hands and looking up to beai en uttered the following heartfelt prayer: Ο Jesus, crucilied Saviour, I once when sleeping saw thee on the cross pierced with bloody wounds, and on the following day, according to thy warning, 1 spared thy image and worshipped it, and now thou hast in thy favour repaid me for so doing at a lucky time." That this apologue may be the better understood by our readers, we will leave our story, and explain it. When the war was raging in the time of king John, some knights with their retainers, under Hubert s command, were indulging in rapine and pillage according to the customs of war, when it happened that as Hubert was one night lying in η deep sleep on his couch, the Lord appeared to him, suspended on the cross crucified as he is usually represented by statuaries, and said to him, " When you next see my image, spare me in it, carry it away ami worship it." On the following day, as he was on his inarch, he met a priest running, in great alarm, clad i:i white, wearing his gown and maniple, and carrying on lue shoulders a large cross with the image of Christ on it. On approach.ng Hubert he cried with a mournful voice, " My Lord, save the church which 1 serve, from these freebooters, who are ravaging this country and plundering it of all its wealth." Hubert then beheld the image on the cross to be in every respect similar to the one which he hud seen on the past night, on which he dismounted and worshipped it ; anil at once under the guidance of that priest, he released his country, restoring all the properly of the despoiled church. He therefore now gave prais- and glory ti God, on being reconciled to the king and his Iricucì*, and relieved from his mull} opprc*- VOL. π ς} g


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