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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


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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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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and because now the time for speaking was at hand, he cautiously conferred with the earl mareschal, on the subject of some disgrace and conspiracy which the archbishop of Canterbury and several earls and barons had devised against him, while he was absent in Flanders. And as he was not able to contradict these things, he entreated grace of the king; in order to obtain which, he made the king heir of all his property and of every thing that he had, and thus he escaped death and found life. And the king, to requite him, granted the earl, for his life, an increase of a thousand pounds' worth of land. And so the king and the earl became friends. And in a similar manner, the king separately addressed each of the persons implicated, who had consented to this plot, and imposed a pecuniary fine on them ; just as if he had said, " I wish not the death of those who are traitors to me, but that they may be converted and redeemed by their temporal possessions, and so may live." At last the king came to the archbishop, and accused him of the same conduct. And the archbishop, being covered with blushes, offered his pallium to the king, submitting himself and all his property to bis mercy. But the king said to him, "Equity and justice shall be determined not by me, but by your peers and fellow-bishops, in respect of your conduct." And he added, " How often have I written to you in your visitation, when you were oppressing my clergy, who were on my side, begging you not to proceed against them, out of respect for me, till the tumult of war was over, but you would not listen to me ? Yet, notwithstanding their appeal, you have, in their absence, deprived them of their churches. I know the pride of thy heart, thy rebellion and cunning ; for you have always acted contentiously against me, and stirred up commotions." These and many other reproaches did the king address to him. And the archbishop was so confused, that he asked a blessing of the king. And the king answered him, " That is not what is proper, my father ; but it is I who ought to be blessed by you." And he blessed him on the spot. In the meantime the pope appointed a day for his coronation and solemn consecration at Lyons, being the day after the feast of Saint Brice ; to which all the cardinals came except two, who could not take the journey because of their great age, and two more died on the journey. Soon afterwards, on the Sunday, he created other cardinals, namely, six from Guienne, two of France, one of England, namely, Thomas, a brother of the

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