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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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A MIRACI.!'.. 60.5 victory, to die for a crown of glory and for life, to endure hardships and difficulties for a time on behalf of Him, who despising contempt, endured to bn spit upon, beaten with tho fists of his persecutors, scourged and crowned with thorns, who stood before Pilate as if he were guilty of many crimes, and finally was nailed to the cross where he was given gall to drink, pierced with a lance, and giving up his breath with a loud cry, he thus closed his earthly career overwhelmed with insults, in order to preserve the human race. Mo it was, to speak more fully, who did not disdain to descend from the throne of his Father's glory, bowing the heavens wonderfully beneath him, to our state of mortality ; he did not disdain, from being God to become man, from being the Creator to become the creature, and, although the Lord, to assume the form of the slave, in order that we, who could not hope for forgiveness by our own righteousness, might by this obtain unheard-of grace, might become heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, sharers of the Deity, and participators in eternal felicity. And although, through his grace we have been adopted by him, we give daily proofs of ingratitude, yet He abounds in goodness, inasmuch as to prove the faith of his followers, he suffers the land, in which it was his will to be horn, to die, and to rise again, to be so long held by tho infidels, although the hand of the Lord is not weakened, nor his virtue in any respect diminished, for he who had made all things from nothing could in an instant set it free. He requires from men the graces of love and compassion, to display the final consummation and fulfilment of the law; he first deigned to take pity on man in his ruined state, and would by no means have permitted impious hands to be so strengthened against the pious, if he had not taken care that his own injury should be avenged out of our confusion, and our disciplining accrue from his victory. Thus plunged in tho depths of sin, and unable otherwise to make atonement, men would have been sunk despairingly in that sea of evUs, if a plank had not thus been offered to them, so that by dying for Christ they might briefly attain to the consummation of many years. For many, desiring to behold the lands where our Lord stood, have reached the goal without the labour of a race, the crown without the ordeal of the sword, through Him who rewards his faithful soldier, and looks only for good will in his service. Wo therefore, trusting in the mercy of Almighty God and tho authority of his apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, and by the power to bind and to loose, which God has given us, hereby grant to all who shall undertake this work in their own persons and at their own expense, or who shall provide fitting men in their stead, or who shall go at tho expense of others, or who shall supply money wherewith to lender meet assistance to the Holy Land, or who shall render advice or assistance to tho same end, a full pardon for all the sins which they shall repeat of in their hearts and confess with their mouths;

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