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10.18. The councell or synod kept at Armagh. Chap. 18.

The councell or synod kept at Armagh. Chap. 18.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 THese things thus ended & compleated, there was a synod or councell of all the cler|gie called and assembled at Armagh: there to intreat and examine what should be the causes and reasons, why & wherefore the realme was thus plagued by the resort and repaire of strangers in among them. At length it was fullie agreed, and euerie mans opinion was, that it was Gods iust plague for the sinnes of the people, and especiallie bi|cause they vsed to buie Englishmen of merchants and pirats, and (contrarie to all equitie or reason) did make bondslaues of them: and God now to auenge and acquit this their iniquitie, plagued them with the like, and hath set these Englishmen & strangers to reduce them now into the like slauerie and bon|dage. For the Englishmen, when their realme was at rest and peace, and their land in quiet estate, and they not in anie distresse, want, or penurie, their chil|dren and kinsmen were sold and made bondslaues in Ireland. And therefore it was most like, that God for the sin of the people would & did laie the like plague vpon the Irish people. It was therefore decréed by the said councell, and concluded by that synod, that all the Englishmen within that land, wheresoeuer they were, in bondage or captiuitie, should be manu|missed, set frée and at libertie.

10.19. The proclamation of king Henrie the second against the earle, and of the sending of Reimond to the king. Chap. 19.

The proclamation of king Henrie the second against the earle, and of the sending of Reimond to the king. Chap. 19.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 WHen tidings was caried abrode of the good successe which the Englishmen had in Ireland, & the news the further it went, the more it increased; and the king being ad|uertised that the earle had not onlie recouered Lein|ster, but had also conquered sundrie other territories, wherevnto he had no title by the right of his wife, did set foorth his proclamation, forbidding and inhi|biting that from thensefoorth no ship from out of any place, vnder his dominion, should passe or traffike into Ireland: and that all maner of his subiects which were within that realme, should returne from thense into England before Easter then next following, vpon pain [...] of forfeiture of all their lands, as also to be banished men for euer. The earle when he saw him selfe in this distres, being in perill to lose his friends, and in hazard to want his necessaries, taketh aduise and counsell what were best to be doone. At length it was agreed and concluded, that Reimond should be sent ouer to the king then being in Aquitaine, with letters to this effect. My right honourable lord, I came into this land with your leaue and fauour (as I remember) for the aiding and helping of your ser|uant Dermon Mac Morogh. And whatsoeuer I haue gotten and purchased, either by him or by anie others, as I confesse and acknowledge the same from and by meanes of your gratious goodnesse: so shall the same still rest and remaine at your deuotion and commandement.

10.20. The departure of Reimond to the king, and the death of Dermon Mac Morogh. Chap. 20.

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The departure of Reimond to the king, and the death of Dermon Mac Morogh. Chap. 20.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 REimond (according to the order taken, and commandement giuen to him) made his repaire with all diligence to the king, & hauing deliuered his letters did await for his answer. But the king being in some dislike with the earle, and not fauourablie allowing his successe, differred the time, and lingered to giue anie answer. About this time (1) Thomas the archbishop of Can|turburie was murthered or slaine; and the yeare fol|lowing about the kalends of Maie, Dermon Mac Morogh, being of a good age, and well striken in yéeres died, and was buried at Fernes.

(1) The Romish or popish church make much a doo about this man, affirming him to be a man of much vertue and holinesse, and that he was martyred for the defending of the liberties of holie church, and for this cause the pope canonized him to be a saint. But who so list to peruse and examine the course of the English histories, shall find that he was a froward and obstinat traitor against his master & souereigne king and prince: as amongst other writers it appea|reth in the booke of the Acts and Monuments of Iohn Fox. And forsomuch as the course of this chap|ter tendeth wholie in extolling of him, I haue omit|ted the same, and leaue to trouble the reader there|with.

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