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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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212 ROGF .i: OF WENDOVER. [A.D .1204. How the image of the mother of God emitted oit. After these events the nun built a place, that seemed to her moro honourable in which to put the image, and asked a priest, as being more worthy than herself and one remarkable for his sanctity, as she believed, to put on his sacred robes, and transport the image to the before-mentioned place. lie, however, was afraid to touch it, because when it had been placed on the altar it had begun to drip, and from that time it had never ceased to give forth a very clear liquor like oil ; the nun had at first wiped this moisture away with a line linen cloth, but afterwards she procured a small brass vessel and caught the oil, which she administered to the sick, and whenever this was done in the name of the Lord and his mother, they were then cured of their diseases and remain in health to this time. But when the above-mentioned priest approached the image carelessly to take it away, as soon as he touched the liquor which flowed from it his hands became withered, and after three days he departed to the Lord. After this no one presumed to touch the image or to remove it from its place, except that nun alone. At length the religious woman placed a glass vessel under the image, that the oil flowing from it might be caught in that vessel, and kept to supply the wants of the sick. How the same image gave forth teats of flesh. In course of time a wonderful and hitherto unheard-of circumstance happened, for the aforesaid image, in the sight of all, produced by degrees breasts of flesh, and began to be clothed with flesh in a wonderful way; so that from the breasts downwards it seemed entirely covered with flesh, and from this flesh the liquid dropped incessantly. The brothers of the temple, during the truce with Saladin, took some of this oil to their own houses to distribute it to the pilgrims who came there to pray, that they might with reverence exalt the honour of the mother of God in the various quarters of the world. There are indeed monks in some parts of the monastery who perform religious duties, but the dignity and authority of the nuns is out of respect to the aforesaid woman who first inhabited that place, and built an oratory there in honour of the holy Mary, mother of God.

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