Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

9781154870787: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that whereas crimes have for our sins multiplied in the world, you do rise up to support the Church, and put forth the sword of the word, which is committed to us, to punish the evil and protect the good, that you may not be found to bear that sword in vain. If you shall see any remiss in doing right, animate and encourage them, and take to yourself what Christ, Who is now again crucified by the wicked, said in the moment of his passion, ' And thou, when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.' You will have us to aid you in liberating the Church, and in nothing that concerns God's honour will we fail to give you our support, as far as his mercy shall give us strength. But our lord the Pope will give you the aid that is required; and he has already committed to us to be his representative in England, as you may perceive from the letters which we here forward to you. "We, therefore, command you, my brother, and in virtue of your obedience, and in peril of your orders, we enjoin you, on the authority of the Pope, to communicate these our letters to the fellow bishops of your province, and to the bishop of Durham, as speedily as possible, and afterwards to have them restored to us. "Moreover, by the same authority, and under the same perils, we command you to show due respect to the bearers, who are the accredited agents of our lord the Pope, and provide for their full security, as you wish regard to be shown to your own dignity." But for the present Foliot could safely afford to disregard the primate's injunctions. By his appeal he had prevented the issue of sentence against him till Ascension Day, 1167. And Henry was determined to have vengeance. He now reinforced his drivenfrom threats by a message to t...

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