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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.


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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 293

than if, in our presence, he should give us twice that amount of aid. "We do also desire that the names of each of the nobles, and their subsidies which shall be made on the present occasion, shall be signified unto us under the seal of our mother, that we may know how far we are bound to return thanks to each. Know for certain that, if we were now in England, free and at our own disposal, we would give as great or a greater sum of money to our lord the emperor than we now give for obtaining the terms which, by the grace of God, we have gained : and, moreover, if we had not such sum of money in our possession, we would deliver up to the emperor our own body until the said money should be paid, rather than that which has been agreed upon should be left incomplete. Under the golden bulla of our lord the emperor, our chancellor brings to you the attestation above-mentioned. Witness ourselves, at Haguenau, the thirteenth day before the calends of May." Accordingly, upon the authority of this letter the king's mother and the justiciaries of England determined that all the clergy as well as the laity ought to give the fourth part of the present year's revenue for the ransom of our lord the king, and to add as much from their chattel property, whereby the king would be bound to know whom he had to thank. They also exacted from each knight's fee twenty shillings, and from the abbeys of the Cistercian order and the houses of the order of Sempringham the whole of their wool for the current year, and the whole of the gold and silver of the churches, as the king by his mandate had directed. After this, his said chancellor came to England on behalf of our lord the king, bringing a letter from his lordship the emperor, ratified by the golden bulla, and to the following effect : The Letter of the emperor Henry to the nobles of England, on behalf of king Richard. " Henry, by the grace of God, emperor of the Romans and ever august, to his loving friends the archbishops, bishops, earls, barons, nobles, and all persons throughout England to whom this present page shall come, greeting and good will. We have deemed it proper and reflecting credit upon our high estate, most earnestly to engage the whole of you in every way that we possibly can, to take those steps which are due to the honor of our most dearly beloved friend your lord Richard, king of England, to the end that the constancy of your dutiful

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