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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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HOG EH OF WENDOVER. [Λ.η . 1-213. Gerald, this fifteenth day of May, in the fourteenth year of our reign. Of king John's homage to the pope and church of Rome. This charter of the king's, as above-mentioned, having been reduced to writing, he delivered it to Paudulph to be taken to pope Innocent, and immediately afterwards in the sight of all, he made the underwritten homage : " I, John, by the grace of God, king of England and lord of Ireland, will, from this time as formerly, be faithful to God, St. Peter, the church of Home, and to my liege lord pope Innocent and his catholic successors; I will not act, speak, consent to, or advise, anything by which they may lose life or limb, or be exposed to caption by treachery ; I will prevent damage to them if I am aware of it ; and, if in my power, will repair it; or else 1 will inform them as soon as in my power so to do, or will tell it to such a person as I believe will be sure to inform them of it ; any purpose which they may entrust to me themselves, or by their messengers or letters, I will keep secret, and, if I know of it, will not disclose it to any one to their injury; I will assist in holding and defending the inheritance of St. Peter, and particularly the kingdoms of England and Ireland, against all men, to the utmost of my power. So may God and the holy gospel help me, Amen."— This happened, as we said before, on the eve of Ascensionday, in the presence of the bishops, earls, and other nobles. The day of our Lord's Ascension on the morrow was looked for with mistrust, not only by the king, but by all others, as well absent as present, on account of the assertions of Peter the hermit, who, as was stated before, had prophesied to John that he would not be a king on Ascension-day or afterwards. Putt after he had passed the prefixed day, and continued safe and in health, the king ordered the aforesaid Peter, who was detained a prisoner in Corte Castle, to be tied to the horse's tail at the town of Warcham, dragged through the streets of the town, and afterwards hung on a gibbet, together with his son. To many it did not seem that he deserved to be punished by such a cruel death for declaring the truth ; for if the circumstances, stated above to have happened, be thoroughly considered, it will be proved that he did not tell a falsehood.

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