A History of the Life of Richard Coeur de Lion, King of England, 1
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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...him into an Archbishop and rendered him devout instead of worldly, had at the same time opened his eyes in regard to the respective rights of kings and clergymen. From whatever source he derived his light, certain it is that he now viewed all things in a different manner, and that he returned from Tours with a full determination to resign none of those privileges which his order had so much abused. He began his proceedings, however, in an unwise manner, claiming as the property of the Church various estates belonging to English noblemen, who had held them for several generations. His plea was, zeal for the Church; but as the proceeding was exactly in accordance with the grasping spirit which he had previously shown, while the zeal of the Archbishop had slumbered in the Archdeacon, men believed him to be actuated far more by avarice than by devotion. These, and various similar acts, not only excited the anger of the King in a tenfold degree, but called upon him the animosity of the nobles, which was certainly contrary to the policy that Becket should have pursued. Another great error he committed, was that--instead of taking instant measures to purify the manners of the clergy, to reform the ecclesiastical courts, and to punish with all the severity which the canons permitted, the crimes of the priesthood--he used all his authority to screen clerical offenders, and in some instances to protect persons who had committed the most dark and terrible crimes. This excited still greater anger and indignation, and Henry summoned the Bishops of his realm to meet him at Westminster, in order to employ means for putting a stop to such abuses. In this assembly, the King did not make any direct charge against the Archbishop; but he demanded that the clergy, ..
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