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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.1


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.1
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A.D. 1162.] ELECTION OF THOMAS AECHBISHOP. 535 it was expected that a battle would take place between them at Freitval, when peace was unexpectedly made between them. In the same year, Eleanor queen ' of England bore her husband a daughter at Rouen, and the child was named after her mother. Richard bishop of London went the way of all flesh ; and the king caused the oath of fidelity to be taken to his son Henry. · Foremost of the nobles to take the oath, was Thomas, the king's chancellor, who swore that he would be faithful to the young prince, saving only the rights of the king his father, as long as he lived and wished to govern the kingdom. How Thomas, the king's chancellor, was elected archbishop. The same year, the clergy and people of the whole province of Canterbury assembled at Westminster, where Thomas, the king's chancellor, was solemnly elected, without opposition, to be archbishop. This happened on Whitsunday: the chancellor was ordained priest, by Walter bishop of Rochester, in the church of Canterbury, and on the following Sunday was consecrated by Henry bishop of Winchester, and solemnly enthroned. Messengers were immediately dispatched to Rome, but they met the pope on this side of the Alps entering France, and they returned to England, bringing with them the pall ; which was placed on the altar in the church of Canterbury. Thomas then having taken the usual oaths, received the pall from the altar, and reverently put on him the robes of a high-priest. But this change of habit was preliminary to a change of heart also, for he now renounced secular cares, and attended only to the spiritual concerns of the church and the gain of souls. He sent messengers to the king in Normandy, renouncing the chancellorship and resigning the great seal. This act sank deep into the mind of the king, who looked upon himself alone as the cause of his resignation. This was the first occasion on which the king's feelings were ruffled towards Thomas archbishop of Canterbury. Now this Thomas was a native of the city of London, and from his childhood was adorned with many virtues. From his birth, he used to take pleasure in invoking the blessed virgin, and, next to Christ, reposed all his hopes upon her. When he had finished his schooling, he entered the service of Theobald, archbishop of Canterbury,

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