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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. 1200.] TORMENTS OK rUKOATOUY. the wall marked with black and white spots, some of whom had a greater show of white than black, and otlii rs the reverse ; but those who were of a whiter col ur rcuuiied nearer to the wall, and those who were farthest off had no appearance of whiteness about them, and appeared deformed in every part. Of the unjust decimators. Near the wall was the entrance to the pit of hell, which incessantly exhaled a smoke of a most foul stench, through the surrounding caverns, in the faces of those who stood by, and this smoke came forth from the tithes unjustly detained, and the crops unjustly tithed ; and the stink inflicted incomparable agony on those who were guilty of this (Time. The man, therefore, after twice smelling this same stink, was so oppressed by it that he was compelled to cough twice, and, as those who stood round his body declared, his body at the same time coughed twice. St. Julian then said to him, " It appears that you have not duly tithed your crop, and therefore lune smelici! this stench." Oil his pleading his poverty as an excuse, the saint told him that his field would produce a more abundant crop if he paid his tithes justly ; and ti»; holy man also told him to confess this crime in the church openly to all, and to seek absolution from the priest. Of the Jire, lake, and bridge of purgatory, and of a church situated on the mount of joy. On the eastern side of this said church was a very large, purgatorial fire, placed between two walls ; one of these walls rose on the north side, and the other on the south, and they were separated by a large space, which extended a long way in width on the eastern side, to a very large lake, in which were immersed the souls of those who were passing through the purgatorial fire ; and the water of the lake was incomparably salt and cold, as was afterwards proved to the man. Over this lake was placed a large bridge, planted all «ver with thorns and stakes, over which every one was obliged to pass before he could arrive at the mount of joy; and on this mountain was built a large church, of wonderful structure, which was large, enough, as it appeared to the man, to contain all the inhabitants of the world. Then the

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