Source Problems in English History

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Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi Benedicti Abbatis.

1175. (Latin text from the Rolls Series edition, I, 91, 92. Translation by the editor.)

And so, the council having ended, the lord king, and with him the king his son, took his journey in pilgrimage to the blessed Thomas of Canterbury, martyr. And returning thence, they held court and royal festival on Whitsunday at Reading. And from there the king sent with his letters one of his clerks, Roger of Hoveden by name, to the church of Norwich which was then vacant, its pastor having died, and to the vacant abbeys throughout England; notifying the prior and convent of the vacant abbeys that the prior himself with five or more of the more discreet and wiser of his house, who would suffice for the purpose, were to come to Oxford to meet him and the lord archbishop of Canterbury on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist,1 for the purpose of electing the needed pastor for his house. And he commanded that each prior bring with him letters of the convent to the effect that the others who remained at home would regard as valid whatever he and those who came with him might do. Likewise the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote to the same houses that the prior and with him five or more of the wiser and more discreet, with letters of the convent, as stated above, should come to meet himself and the lord king, to elect themselves a pastor. And he sent Master Robert of Hinglisham, his clerk, to the said abbeys with the said king’s clerk. There were at that time twelve abbeys vacant in England in the diocese of Canterbury, whose names follow; and, besides, the bishopric of Norwich.

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Chicago: "Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi Benedicti Abbatis.," Source Problems in English History in Source Problems in English History, ed. Albert Beebe White and Wallace Notestein (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915), 89–90. Original Sources, accessed December 11, 2019, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=G7SCKSMZWM5PX9I.

MLA: . "Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi Benedicti Abbatis." Source Problems in English History, in Source Problems in English History, edited by Albert Beebe White and Wallace Notestein, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915, pp. 89–90. Original Sources. 11 Dec. 2019. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=G7SCKSMZWM5PX9I.

Harvard: , 'Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi Benedicti Abbatis.' in Source Problems in English History. cited in 1915, Source Problems in English History, ed. , Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, pp.89–90. Original Sources, retrieved 11 December 2019, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=G7SCKSMZWM5PX9I.