Thematic Divisions in Book 4
1. Lanfranc2. Gregory VII3. William the Conqueror4. William Rufus5. Henry I6. Stephen and Henry II7. Frederick Barbarossa8. Thomas Becket9. Becket's letters10. Becket's martyrdom and miracles11. Events of 1172-7812. Waldensians13. Other incidents of Henry II's reign14. First year of Richard I's reign15. Strife at Canterbury16. Richard I and Third Crusade17. William Longchamp18. King John19. Henry III's early reign20. Innocent III and mendicant orders21. Papal oppression of the English Church22. Albigensian Crusade23. Hubert de Burgh24. Gregory IX25. Schism between Greek and Latin Church26. Papal exactions from England27. Louis IX on Crusade28. Frederick II29. Opponents of Papacy30. Robert Grosseteste31. Aphorisms of Robert Grosseteste32. Persecution of Jews33. Papal oppression and Alexander IV34. Conflicts in universities and mendicant orders35. Henry III and the barons36. Battle of Lewes37. Battle of Evesham38. End of baronial war39. Ecclesiastical matters and Edward prince of Wales goes on crusade40. Foreign events in Henry III's reign41. First seven years of Edward I's reign42. War with Scotland43. Philip IV and Boniface VIII44. Events of 1305-745. Cassiodorous's letter46. Pierre de Cugniere47. Death of Edward I48. Piers Gaveston49. The Despensers and the death of Edward II50. John XXIII and Clement VI51. Rebellion in Bury St. Edmunds52. Edward III and Scotland53. Edward III and Philip VI54. Edward III and Archbishop Stratford55. Events of 1341-556. Outbreak of the Hundred Years War57. English ecclesiastical affairs 1330-6458. Anti-papal writers59. Quarrel among mendicants and universities60. Table of the Archbishops of Canterbury
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K. Edward 3. A table of the Archbishops of Canterburie.

The chronicler of S. Albans, recordeth also how in the dayes of this Archb. an. 1319. certayne Lepers conspiring with the Turkes and Iewes went about to impotionate, and infect all Christendome, by inueneming their fountains, lakes, pits, barels, and such other places. Of the which crime diuers of thē being conuict, were worthely burned in Fraunce. About the which yeare, the sayd author maketh also relation, how in þe realme of England much morain fell among the beastes: in so much, that the dogs eating vpon their flesh (infected belike by the waters and fountaines fell downe dead incontinent. Neyther durst men for that cause almost tast of any biefe. an. 1318. 1319. Ex Chron. Alban.

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This Walter Archb. taking part with the Queen Isabell agaynst K. Edward her husband, dyed the same yere in which he was deposed. an. 1237. Ex chr. S. Albani.

After Walter the Archb. as affirmeth the chron. of S, Alban, succeeded Simon Mepham. Of whom I maruell that Polydor, maketh no word mention: belike he sate not long, after folowed I. Stratford.

51. Iohn Strat-In the storye of Adam Mi-
ford. 29.rimouth is recorded that this
I. Stratforde intending to vi-
sit the dioces of Northfolk, was
not receiued by the Bishop, the
chapter and clergy there, alled-
gyng that he obserned not the
ordinarye Canon therein. To
whom the Archb. sayd agayne,
he had the Popes letters and
shewed the same. But the other
aunswered, that those letters
were falsly obteined and tended
to the suppression of the Clergy,
& therfore they would not obey:
wherfore the Archb. excommu-
nicated the Bishop, and suspen-
ded the Prior, & interdicted the
couent. an, 1343.
52. Ioh. Offord.M. Iohn Offord Chauncel-
10. monethes.lor of England was elected and
confirmed Archb. of Canter. but
not consecrated, and sate but 10.
monthes, about the yeare of our
Lord 1350. Pestilentia in Anglia.
53. Tho. Braid-This Tho. Braidwarden
warden. 1.following after I. Stratford sat
not long but died within 10 mo-
neths of the plague, as they say.
Which was called then the first
great plague in England, MarginaliaThe first great plague in England. ra-
ging so sore in all quarters, that
it was thought scarce the tenth
part of men to be left aliue.
54. Simō Islepe.In the time of Simō Islepe
17.which folowed after Bradwar-
den: K. Edward. an. 1362. is re-
ported after the blinde supersti-
tion of those daies, to offer in the
church of Westminster the vesti-
mentes wherin S. Peter did ce-
lebrate masse. MarginaliaThe vestmēts wherin S. Peter sayd Masse, or els the papists doe lye. Which belike wer
well kept from mothes, to last so
long. Ex Chron. Alban.

The same Simon Islepe, among other constitutions ordeined through all Churches & Chappelles vnder paine of excōmunication: that no man should abstayne from bodely labors vpon certayne Saints dayes, as is before touched. Which fact of his is not a litle noted in our monkish historyes.

MarginaliaCanterbury Colledge builded in Oxforde.This Simon builded Canterbury Colledge in Oxford.

The Conclusion of this Fourth Booke.

MarginaliaThe conclusion of this booke.¶ Forasmuch as Sathan being cheyned vp all this while, for the space of a thousand yeares, beginneth about this time to be losed and to come abroad, according to the forewarning of S. Iohns Reuelation. Therefore to conclude the fourth Booke, wherein sufficiently hath bene described MarginaliaAntichrist in his pride.the excessiue pride and pompe of Antechrist, florishing in his ruffe and securitye, from the time of William Conquerour hitherto: now (Christ willing & assisting vs thereunto) we minde in these latter Books hereafter following, in order of history to expresse the latter persecutions and horrible troubles of the Church, raysed vp by Satanas in his minister Antechrist, MarginaliaThe loosing out of Sathan. with the resistaunce agayne of Christes Church agaynst him. And so to prosecute (by the mercifull grace of Christ) the proceeding and course of times till we come at length to the fall and ruine of the sayd Antechrist. To the intent that if any be in such errour to thinke that Antechrist is yet to come, let him consider and ponder well the tragicall rages, the miserable and most sorrowfull persecutions, murders, and vexations of these latter 300. yeares now following, and I doubt not but he will be put out of all doubt to know, that not onely Antechrist is already come, but also to know where he sitteth, & how he is now falling apace (the Lord Christ be thāked for euer) to his decay and confusion.

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