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9

l

the Bifhops that had Sworn to be true to the

Em~

prefs his Daughter, broke their Oath, and after

[wore io

K.

Stephen

againfr her" and brake that

Oath, and fware

to

her

again, and brake that

Oath, and again turned to

Stephen,

and his own

Brother the Bi(hop

of

lf'inchejfer

led the way :

And no

wond~r

when they were great enough to

Build fuddenly the many great Caltles, (

Sherburne,

Salisbury,

Devifes,

M-almesbury,

&c.

which he fur–

prizeci.

)

And when

Hen.

2.

fucceeded

Stephen

afrer long bloody VVars, with the greatefc ad–

vantage of a Powerful Government, yet was he

not able to mafcer

his

own Bia1ops ftrengthened

by the Pope. VVho feared not openly to tell

him as

ThomM

of

Canterbury

did, [

Certum

ejfe

Re- .

ges poteftatem fuam

ab ~Ecclefia

accipere,

&

non ipfam

ab il!is fed

a

Chriflo, &c. Hoveden,

·

Hen.

z..

,

p.

285 .]

.

. §

VI. But the General and his Army, the Uni-·

verfal Church-Monarch and his Church-Parlia–

ment could not well agree. Many hundred years

the Roman Church-Monarch having the Prefer–

ments in his power, got Councillors to his mind,

who were as ready to be militant againfl:

Prince~,

and Peace, as he

to

command it : Till at laff: the

· Monarch by a packt' bribed /Clergy having got

poifeffion ofa Power like

to

abiolute, difgraced

it

with a fucceffion of fuch Monfiers ofwickednets,

as the moft flattering of their Hifl:orians declare

to be unworthy to be named in the Catalogue.

And they had fo often

two

Popes at once, filling

the World \-\ith blood, while by the Sword they

tryed

their

Caufe,

and at laft three Popes (and faith

Wernerus

in

Fafc. Temp.

once

fix

at once that were

then,

anq had

been Popes) fome Kingdoms being

for