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Capitulum nonum decimum.

CELESTINUS the secunde succeded Innocencius secunde pope v. monethes, whom Lucius did succede xi. monethes. Eugenius the secunde was pope viii. yere and v. monethes. This pope, somme tyme the disciple of blissede Bernard, and after abbot of Seynte Anastatius nye to Rome, and com|mynge for devocion to the churche of Seynte Cesarius, was electe into þe pope by the cardinalls, and consecrate with|oute the walles of the cite for drede of þe senators. This pope marked Lodowicus kynge of Fraunce with the signe of the crosse, and kepede a cownesaile at Remis in Fraunce; to whom seynte Bernard did write bookes of Consideracions. Henricus, libro octavo. Ranulphus erle of Chestre commynge to Wal|yngeforde Page  5, vol.8 with a grete hoste was acorded with the kynge, but after that he was taken by treason in a parliament at North|ampton, and cowthe not be delyverede tylle he hade taken to the kynge the castell of Lincoln. And after that kyng Steven was crownede in the cite of Lincolne, whiche thynge was not seen afore. In whiche yere Conradus the emperour, the kynge of Fraunce, the erle of Flaundres, and mony oþer noble men toke their wey by Hungary to the Holy Londe, whiche were betrayede by treason of the emperour of Constantinopole, for mony men eitenge brede mixte with lyme diede þerof: somme men were sleyne, somme men diede for extorcion and synne. Giraldus, distinctione prima, capitulo octavo decimo. Lodo|wicus kynge of Fraunce returnede from the Holy Londe labored in grete infirmite causede by continence as phisicions seide, [folio 357a] Page  7, vol.8 wherefore he was movede to use somme maide; to whom he seide, "Y hade lever dye in chastite then lyve in adultery;" and after that he was recurede anoon. A clerke bryngynge to the seide kynge the privelege that he scholde rejoyce the investi|tures of prelates and the frutes of theire churches for theire vacacion he toke the lettres*. [Sic in MS. Evidently some words are wanting.] then that his sawle scholde be punyschede in helle þerfore. Also the seide kynge usynge to faste in the vj. fery in brede and water, was movede to leve that faste and to norische a c. poore men that day; whom he answerde seyenge: "We wylle that so mony poore men be norischede in þat day, but ȝitte we wylle not breke oure faste, for withowte that goode that hit causethe to the sawle, the reste of that day helpethe moche to avoide superfluous Page  9, vol.8 humors receyvid in the weke afore, and also to gendre an appetite." Hugo de Sancto Victore diede abowte this tyme, monke and prior of Seynte Victor nye to Parise, an excellent man in connynge and religion; of whom hit is rehersed that this holy man laborynge in extreme infirmite, and trowblede moche with debilite of stomake, desyrede oftetymes of his breþer that he myȝhte receyve his Maker. The breþer of the monastery willynge to satisfye his mynde, brouȝhte to hym a lofe not consecrate. This hooly man perceyvynge that in spirite or sawle, seide to his breþer, "God have mercy on yow, why do ye skorne me? this is not my Maker:" and after that thei brouȝhte to hym the verey body of Criste. The holy man seenge his Maker, and havynge noo myȝhte to receyve Page  11, vol.8 hym, extendynge his hondes into hevyn seide: "The Sonne may ascende to the Fader, and the sawle to God that create hit;" and that seide he diede, and the body of Criste evan|eschede. ℞. Somme men say that this holy man, perceyv|ynge that he myȝhte not receyve his Maker for feblenesse of his stomake, preide his breþer to putte the sacramente to his syde: that doen his side openede, and the hoste wente into his body. This clerke made mony noble werkes, as of þe sacra|mentes, of the arke of Noe or schippe, of the institucion of novices, of the erroure of the sawle, of the study of sapience, whiche is callede Didascalon, and of the lawde of the crosse. Maister Gracian, borne in Tuschia, and monke of Seynte Pro|culus in Bonony, compilede the decrees in this yere, as Hugo [folio 357b] seythe, secunda quæstio, sexta forma. And maister Petir Page  13, vol.8 Lumbard, his broþer german, bischop of Paris, compilede iiij. bookes of the sentence, and glosede the sawter and the epistoles of Paule.*. [The additional sentences in chap. xix. are peculiar to the Harl. MS.] Lodowicus kynge of Fraunce was departede from Elianor his qwene in that thei were nye of bloode, as the seide kynge did swere, of whom he gate ij. doȝhters: Mary, whom the erle Cretense hade mariede; and Aclides, whom Theobaldus the erle Blesense mariede afterwarde. Henricus the duke of Normandy and erle of Gascoigne, metynge this lady goynge towarde the cuntre of her nativite, toke her unto his wife, and after that Aquitanny returnede to the bloode of Ynglonde. That matrimony inducede grete discorde betwene kynges of Ynglonde and of Fraunce. This Henricus duke of Normandy gate of the seide qwene William, Henricus, Richard, Galfride, Philippe, and Iohn, tweyne of whom, William and Philip died in theire tendre age, and the other ij. sonnes were promotede by succession to regalle dignite. And Galfride the iiijthe sonne occupiede the cownte of Briteyne by the tyme of his lyfe. Also he gate of her iiij. doȝhters, oon of whom was mariede to the kynge of Castell, of whom Blanche come, modere of Seynte Lodowicus kynge, an oþer was maryede to Alexander emperoure off Constantinopole. The thrydde was maryede to the duke of Saxony, of whom Otho themperoure of Rome come; the iiijthe was maryede to the erle Tholosan, of whom Reymund come, the doȝhter of whom Alfonsus erle Pictavense, broþer of seynte Lewes kynge of Fraunce, toke into his wife.