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Actes and Monumentes of the Church.

markes. This mony tharchbishop denied not, but he had receiued of the kinge, all be it by the way and title of gift, as he toke it, thoughe he could bringe no probation therof. Whervpon the kinge required him to put in assuraunce, for the paiment therof, wherat the archbishop making delais, not wel cōtented at þe mater, he was so cald vpō, þt ether he shuld be countable to þe king for þe mony, or els he shuld incur presēt dāger, þe king being so bēt against him. The archbishop being brought to such a strait, & destitute of his own suffragās could not here by no menes escape, had not v. persōs of their own accord stepped in, beinge bound for him, euery mā in one c. marks a pece. And this was vpō þe ii. dai cōcluded. MarginaliaThe 3. dayThe morow after, which was þe iii. day of þe coūcel, as tharchbishop was sitting below in a certē cōclaue wt his felowbishops about hī, cōsulting together, & the dores fast locked to thē, as þe king had willed & cōmaūded: MarginaliaBecket requyred to geue accompt.it was propouned vnto him in þe behalf of þe king þt he had had diuers bishoprikes & abbarikes in his hād which wer vacant, wt the frutes & reuenues therof due vnto þe king, for þe space of certē yeres, wherof he had rēdred as yet no accōpt to þe king, wherfore it was demaūded of him to bring in a ful & a clere reckning of þe same. this wt other such like declared to al in þe coūcel, gret displesure in þe king, & no les dāger toward the archbishop.

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Thaduise of the bishops for T. Becket.

THus while the bishops and prelates wer in coūcel, aduising & deliberating what was to be don, at lēgth it came to voyces, euery man to say his mind, & to geue his sentēce what wer þe best wai for their archbishop to take. MarginaliaThe verdit of winchester.First begā Henry bishop of Winche. (who than toke part wt Becket, so much as he durste for feare of the king) who said he remēbred þt the said archbyshop, first being archdeacon, & than lord chācelor, at what time as he was promoted to the church of Canterbury, he was discharged frō al bands & recknings of the tēporal court, as all þe other bishops could not but record to the same.

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MarginaliaThe councel of the byshop of London.Next spake Gilbert bishop of London, exhorting & motioning tharchbishop, þt he shuld call wyth him self to mind, frō whence þe king toke him & set him vp: what & how great thinges he had don for him: also þt he shuld cōsydre wt hym self the dangers & euilnes of þe time, what ruin he might bring vpon the whole church & vpon thē al there presēt, if he resisted þe kinges minde in the things he required. MarginaliaCāterburyAnd if it wer to rendre vp his archbishopprike, & though it were x. times better thē it is, yet he shuld not sticke wt the king in þe matter. In so doing it might happen, þt the king seing þe submission & humiliti in him, wold relese him perauenture of al the rest To this tharchbishop āswering, wel, wel (saith he) I perceiue wel inough mi lord, whether you tend & wher about you go. MarginaliawynchesterThen spake Wyn. inferring vpon the same, this forme of councel (saith he) semeth to me verye pernitious to thecatholike church, tēding to our subuersyon, & to the confusyon of vs al. For if our archbishop & primate of al England do leaue to vs this exāple, þt euery bishop shuld geue ouer his autority & the charge of the flock cōmitted to him at the commaundement & threatning of the prince, to what state shal the church be brought than, but that all shuld be confounded after his plesure & arbitremēt, & nothing to stād certen by any order of law, & so as þe priest is, so shal þe peple be.

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MarginaliaChichesterHilary the bishop of Chichester replieth again to this saying: if it wer not þt the instance & the great perturbatiō of time did not otherwise require & force vs, MarginaliaModerate councell.I wold think this coūcell here geuē good to be folowed. But now seing thautority of our canon faileth, & can not serue vs, I iudge it not best to go so straitly to work, but so to moderate our procedings, þt dispēsation wt sufferance may win þt which seuere correctyon may destroy. Wherfore my coūcel & reason is, to geue place to the kinges purpose for a tyme, least by ouer hasti proceding, we excede so far, þt both it may redoūd to our shame, & also can not rid our selues out again whan we would.

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MarginaliaLincolne.Much to the same end spake Robert the byshop of Lincoln, after this māner: Seing saith he, it is manifest þt the life & blud of this man is sought, one of these ii. must neades be chosen, þt either he must part with his archbishoprike, or els with his life. Now what profet he shal take in this matter of his bishoprick, his life beynge lost, I do not greatly see.

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MarginaliaExceter.Next folowed Bartlemew bishop of Exceter wt his aduise, who inclining his councell to the state of time cōfirmed their sayings before, affirming how the daies were euil and perillous: if they might so escape the violence of þe ragynge tēpest vnder the couer of bering & relenting, it were not to be refused. But þt he said could not be, except straight seuerity shuld geue place to tractability: & so thinstāce & cōdition of time thē presēt required no les, especially seing þt persecution was not general but personal & perticuler. And thought it more holy & conueniēt one head to run in some parte of daunger, than the whole church of England to be subiect & exposed to inconuenience ineuitable.

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Marginaliaworceter.The answer of Roger bishop of Worceter was deuided in a double suspense, neither affirming thone, nor denying thother, whose saying was this: þt he wold geue no answer on neither part. For if I (saith he) shall say þt the pastorall fūction & cure of souls ought to be relinquished at the kings wil or threatning, than my mouth shall speke against my conscience to the cōdemnation of mine own hed. And if I shall geue again cōtrary coūcel, to resist the kings sentēce here be they þt will here it and report it to his grace, and so Ishalbe in danger to be thrust out of the sinagoge, & for my part to be accōpted amongst the publike rebels, wyth thē to be cōdēned, wherfore nether do I say this, nor coūcel þt

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