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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.D . 1100.] VISIONS OF I'UKGATOKV. \r,r, other stations ; some in the ecclesiastic:, some in the secular / forum, some, in the cloister. I saw all these ; and tin; less that they were in their former life supported hy the privileges of honour, the more lenient were the punishmentinflicted on them there. As a truth 1 now tell what 1 particularly noticed, which was that all those, whom 1 knew to have been the judges of others or prelates in this life, were tormented more than the rest with an increased degree, of severity. It would be too tedious for me to speak of what they severally received as their deserts, or what they suffered, however conspicuous all things were to me ; but ( iod is my witness, that if I saw any one, even had he slain all my friends and relatives, condemned to such torture, I would, were it possible, endure a temporal death a thousand times to snatch him from them, especially since all things which an; there penal, exceed all measure of pain, bitterness, and misery. Of the second place of punishment in purgatory, and the varietg of punishments. "After wo had gone beyond this [dace of punishment, I and my guide passed onwards unhurt, as we did also other places oPtormont, which I shall relate below. After this then we arrived at another place of torment ; the two places went separated by a mountain almost touching the clouds, over the top of which we passed easily and quickly. Under the farther side of this mountain was a very dec]) and dark valley, girt round on either side by ridges of lofty rocks, over which the sight could not extend ; the bottom of the valley itself contained a piece of water, whether flowing or stagnant I know not, very wide and dreadful, owing to its stinking water, which continually sent forth a vapour of intolerable odour. The side of the mountain overhanging one part of the lake, sent forth fire to the heavens ; on the opposite promontory of the same hill there was such an intense cold, caused by snow, hail, and raging storms, that 1 thought 1 had never before seen anything more torturing than the cohl at that place. The region of the above-mentioned valley, and the sides of both mountains, which bore this dreadful appearance of heat and cohl, were occupied by a crowd of spirits, as numerous as bees at the time of' swarming ; and their punishment in general was at. one time to he

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