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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. 1190.] VISIONS OK J'UKGATOKT. was there found most pitiably to be. pitied. The figures of many in that place 1 neither saw nor recognized, for I was overcome with horror by the enormity of the torments ami obscenity, and by the. filthy stench ; so that it was beyond measure, offensive to me either to stop there a moment, or to look at what was being done there. Lastly amid the dreadful din one of them cried out, 'Alas! why did 1 not repent?' so loud was their grief that you would have thought all tin; sufferers in the world were there lamenting. Of a certain lawyer and his punishments. "Although 1 avoided as much as I could to look at what was passing there, I could not escape seeing a certain clerk, whom I had once known : he, in his life, was considered a most skilful man, of those who are styled lawyers anil decretalists, wherefore in ecclesiastical revenues be was every day getting richer than the rest. 1 was astonished at the weight of his sufferings, and on my asking whether he expected to obtain mercy at all, he answered, crying out, 'Alas, alas, woe is me, I know, I know that 1 shall not receive mercy this side of the day of judgment, and even then I think it is uncertain, for ever since I have been subjected to these sufferings, my punishment grows worse, dragging me on from bad to worse.' 1 said to him, ' Why then did you not at the last confess your sins and repent.' lie answered, • Because I had hopes of recovering, the devil beguiling me, 1 was ashamed to confess such disgraceful crimes, lest I should seem to be unrespeetod by them to whom I appeared renowned and noble. Some of my slighter offences I did however confess to the priest, and on his asking me, if I was conscious of any other sins, 1 asked him to leave me then, promising to let him know again if any should occur to my memory. When he had departed, and had gone a little way, I felt myself dying; and when he was fetched back by rny servants he found that 1 was dead. Therefore none of the thousand kinds of torments which I daily endure, tortures me so much as the. recollection of my fault, because I am actually compelled to be a slave to the baseness of my former weakness, for besides the greatness of this unspeakable punishment, 1 ant oppressed with intolerable shame, when 1 appear as one to be execrated for such great offences."

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