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Unformatted text preview: ssels, a Jesuit, thought proper to publish them with great omissions, particularly of this letter of Folliot’s. Perhaps, Becket made no answer at all, as not deigning to write to an excommunicated person, whose very commerce would contaminate him; and the bishop, trusting to this arrogance of his primate, might calumniate him the more freely. (6.) Though the sentence, pronounced on Becket by the great council, implies that he had refused to make any answer to the king’s court, this does not fortify the narrative of Folliot. For if his excuse was rejected as false and frivolous, it would be treated as no answer. Becket submitted so far to the sentence of confiscation of goods and chattels, that he gave surety, which is a proof, that he meant not at that time to question the authority of the king’s courts. (7.) It may be worth observing, that both the author of Historia quadraparrita, and Gervase, contemporary writers, agree with Fitz-Stephens; and the latter is not usually very partial to Becket. All the ancient historians give the same account. [w]Neubr. p. 394. [x]Fitz-Steph. p. 37, 42. [y]Hist. Quad. p. 47. Hoveden, p. 494. Gervase, p. 1389. [z]Fitz-Steph. p. 37. [a]Ibid. [b]Fitz-Steph. p. 36. [c]Ibid. p. 38. [d]Hist. Quad. p. 47. [e]Hoveden, p. 494. Diceto, p. 537. [f]Fitz-Steph. p. 38. [g]Hoveden, p. 495. [h]Epist. St. Thom. p. 315. [i]Fitz-Steph. p. 38. [k]Fitz-Steph. p. 39. Gervase, p. 1390. [l]Fitz-Steph. p. 40. Hist. Quad. p. 53. Hoveden, p. 404. Neubr. p. 394. Epist. St. Thom. p. 43. [m]Fitz-Steph. p. 35. PLL v5 (generated January 22, 2010) 369 http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/695 Online Library of Liberty: The History of England, vol. 1 [n]Fitz-Steph. p. 42, 44, 45, 46. Hist. Quad. p. 57. Hoveden, p. 495. M. Paris, p. 72. Epist. St. Thom. p. 45, 195. [o]Fitz-Steph. p. 46. This historian is supposed to mean the more considerable vassals of the chief barons: These had no title to sit in the great council, and the giving them a place there was a palpable irregularity: Which however is not insisted on in any of Becket’s remonstrances. A farther proof how little fixed the constitution was at that time! [p]Epist. St. Thom. p. 35. [q]Ibid. p. 36, 37. [r]Hist. Quad. p. 76. [s]Hist. Quad. p. 88, 167. Hoveden, p. 496. M. Paris, p. 73. [t]Quis dubitet, says Becket to the king, sacerdotes Christi regum et principum omniumque fidelium patres et magistros censeri. Epist. St. Thom. p. 97, 148. [u]Epist. St. Thom. p. 63, 105, 194. [w]Ibid. p. 29, 30, 31, 226. [x]Fitz-Steph. p. 46. Epist. St. Thom. p. 52, 148. [y]Brady’s Append. No. 56. Epist. St. Thom. p. 94, 95, 97, 99, 197. Hoveden, p. 497. [z]Fitz-Steph. p. 56. Hist. Quad. p. 93. M. Paris, p. 74. Beaulieu Vie de St. Thom. p. 213. Epist. Thom. p. 149, 229. Hoveden, p. 499. [a]Hoveden, p. 517. M. Paris, p. 75. Diceto, p. 547. Gervase, p. 1402, 1403. Robert de Monte. [b]Epist. St. Thom. p. 230. [c]Ibid. p. 276. [d]Fitz-Steph. p. 68, 69. Hoveden, p. 520. [e]Hist. Quad. p. 104. Brompton, p. 1062....
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