Excerpt from Chronica Magistri Rogeri De Houedene, Vol. 3
York: In these, even in places where our author has added nothing substantial to our information, he has ofien departed from the language of the previous writer and re-written the story in his own way; and it is clear from the sequel of his history that he was personally acquainted with most of the actors in it, and familiar, so familiar as to be careless occasionally, with the details. Under this head the most important independent addi tions are the passage (pp. 31, 32) narrating the first out break of personal violence between the archbishop and chapter of York; the account of the appointment of Osbert Longchamp to the sherifi'dom (p. The grant of Sadberge to the bishop of Durham (p. 38) the opening of the struggle between bishop Hugh and archbishop Geoffrey (pp. 168, 169) and its continuation under the judges delegate (pp. 171, There is very little in Hoveden's way of narrating these circumstances that gives any clue to his real opinions on the subject Probably be regarded them with the eye of a judicial historian, open to the faults of his heroes, and secure of their criticism. He is occasionally severe on the violence, quarrelsomeness, or underhand dealing of both: and he must have seen that men so unquiet and fickle in their friendships and enmities, were unsafe subject-matter for the praise or blame of a partisan. On the whole we may regard him as a friend of Hugh do Puiset against archbishop Geoffrey, and of Geoffrey against the party of John or of Longchamp, but otherwise an impartial, as he is certam an unimpassioned, judge.
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