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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. 1233.] DISMISSAL OF MINISTERS. concerns of the monastery, until it is provided with another ahhat. Iîut if the bishop by any chance shall refuse or neglect to fulfil this duty, the visitors themselves, or those who preside at the general chapter, shall, without delay, give information to the apostolic see of the fault of that bishop. It is our order that these same rules be observed with respect to the exempted abbats, only reserving to the apostolic sec the business of deposing them ; and that when any abbat, who is thought deserving to be removed, is suspended from his office, a proper manager shall be appointed to the monastery, either by the visitors or those who preside at tho chapter. And the offences of these persons and other things deemed proper to be intimated to the chapters, the presidents shall communicate to us by trustworthy aud prudent messengers, whoso expenses shall be defrayed by a general contribution of the abbats, each according to Ins means. And the visitors who come afterwards shall carefully inquire and examine into the proceedings of the former visitors, and shall communicate any offence and neglects of theirs at the next general chapter, in order that they may be punished according to their fault. These particulars concerning the visitation will suffice. In the Bame year Roger bishop of London was accused, amongst the rest, of abetting the plunder of the crops of the Roman church; he therefore went to Rome to prove his innocence. How the king dismissed some of his ministers from his court. A. it. 1233. The seventeenth year of king Henry's reign he held his court at Christmas at Worcester, where, by the advice of Peter bishop of Winchester, as was said, he dismissed all the native officers of his court from their offices, and appointed foreigners from Poictou in their places. He also dismissed William de Rodune, a knight who carried on the duties of Richard the grand marshal at his court. My the same person's advice the king also dismissed Walter bishop of Carlisle, from his office of treasurer, and then took from him it hundred pounds of silver, and also spitefully deprived him of some trusts, which he the king had by his own charter confirmed to him for life. All his former counsellors, bishops and earls, barons and other nobles, he dismissed abruptly, and put confidence in no one except the aforesaid bishop of Winchester and his son Peter de Rivaulχ ; after which he ejected all the castellans throughout all England, and placed the castles under the charge of the said Peter. The bishop then, in order to gain the king's favour more completely, associated with himself Stephen de Segrave, a yielding man, and Robert Passclewe, who kept the king's treasury under Peter de Rivaulx; and he entirely ruled the kingdom with the assistance and advice of those men. The king also invited men from Poictou and Brittany, who were poor and covetous after wealth, and about two thousand knights and soldiers came to him equipped with horses and arms, whom he engaged in his service, placing

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