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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Furthermore he gaue eight hundred marks to the pope, but whether of his owne free will, or by con|streint, I cannot saie; but now vtterlie misliking all things doone by the legat contrarie to his mind, after he had doone and said what he could for redresse, and when he saw no hope at hand for anie reformati|on either in the king or legat, who estéemed not his words, as a man not longer able to see his countrie so spoiled, he went ouer into France, and got him vnto Pontney, there to remaine in voluntarie exile, after the example of his predecessour Thomas Bec|ket, whose dooings he did follow in verie manie things. Uerelie the collections of monie, which the pope in these daies by his legats gathered here in this realme, were great and sundrie, so that (as it ap|peareth by historiographers of this time) the cleargie and other found themselues sore grieued, and repined not a little against such couetous dealings and vn|measurable EEBO page image 225 exactions, in so much that they spake to the king of it,Complaint to the king of the collections made for the pope. and said;

Right famous prince, whie suffer you England to be made a prey and desolati|on to all the passers by, as a vineyard without an hedge, common to the waifaring man, and to be de|stroied of the bores of the field, sith you haue a suffici|ent priuilege that no such exactions should be made in this kingdome? And suerlie he is not worthie of a priuilege which abuseth the same being granted.
The king answered those that went thus about to per|suade him, that he neither would nor durst gainsaie the pope in any thing: and so the people were brought into miserable despaire.The answer of the king.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 There be that write how that there were other oc|casions of the archbishops departure out of the relme of the which this should be one; Polydor. The causes that mooued archbishop Edmund to depart the realme. when he saw religion not to be regarded, and that préests were had in no honor, neither that it laie in his power to reforme the matter, sith the king gaue no eare to his admoni|tions, he determined to absent himselfe till the king (warned by some mishap) should repent him of his errours, and amend his misdooings. Other ioine an other cause herevnto, which was this; whereas the king by the insample of other kings (begun by Wil|liam Rufus) vsed to keépe bishops sees, and other such spirituall possessions in his hands, during the vacati|on, till a conuenient person were to the same prefer|red, Matth. West. Matth. Paris. Polydor. the archbishop Edmund, for that he saw long de|laies made oftentimes yer any could be admitted to the roome of those that were deceassed, or by any other means depriued, he was in hand with the king, that the archbishop of Canturburie might haue power onlie to prouide for successors in such roomes as chan|ced to be vacant, aboue the tearme of six moneths, which thing the king for a certeine summe of monie granted: but afterward perceiuing what hinderance he susteined thereby, he reuoked that grant, so much to the displeasure of the archbishop, that he thought good no longer to continue in the realme.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 At his comming to Pontney, he so séemed to de|spise all worldlie pompe and honor, giuing himselfe wholie to diuine contemplation, to fasting and prai|er, that the former opinion, which men had conceiued of his vertues, was maruellouslie confirmed. At length being sore vexed with sicknesse, supposing that he might recouer helth by changing of aire and place, he caused himselfe to be conueied into an other house of religion, named Soisie, two daies iournie from Pontney,The death of Edmund archbishop of Canturburie surnamed of Pontney. where finallie he died the sixtéenth of No|uember, and his bodie was brought againe to Pont|ney, and there buried, where also through sundrie mi|racles shewed (as they say) at his graue, he was re|puted a saint, and at length canonized by pope Inno|cent the fourth. He was borne at Abingdon, beside Oxenford, and thereby some named him saint Ed|mund of Abingdon, and some S. Edmund of Pont|ney, after the place where he was inshrined. The see of Canturburie was void more than three yeares af|ter his decease, till at length by the kings comman|dement, the moonks of Canturburie elected one Bo|niface of Sauoie vncle to quéene Elianor, being the 45 archbishop which ruled that church.

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