The answer of the king to the patriarch.
A DAIE for answer herof being appointed at last by the king at London, manie
as well knights as of common sort, by the admonishments of the patriarch, as the
sermcns of Baldwin the archbishop were croised to the seruice of Christ. At the
last the patriarch receiued this answer of the king, that it was not good to leaue his
realme without defense and gouernement, & leaue open his lands beyond sea to the
rapacitie of the Frenchmen that hated him: but as concerning monie, he would
giue both that which he sent tlitler, to be reserued for him, and more also for the
defense of the holie land. To whome the patriarch answered by following this
aduise. "O king you cloo notling: and by this meanes you shall neither saue your
selfe, nor reserue Christes patrimonie. We come to séeke a prince, and not monie.
Euerie part of the world almost sendeth vs monie, but none sendeth vs a prince.
Therfore we desire a man that may want monie, and not monie that may want a
This was the sai eng of Themistocles.
man." But, when the patriarch could get no other answer of the king, he taketh
an other deuise: he desireth him to giue to their aid one of his sonnes, and if none
other, yet his yoongest sonne Iohn, that the bloud descending from the Aniowes
might in a new branch raise vp the kingdome.
Iohn himselfe, albeit he was readie to passe into Ireland giuen him by his father,
with a great armie, (prostrating himselfe at his fathers féet) desired (as they saie)
that he might be sent to Ierusalem, but he obteined it not. So the patriarch séeing
he could doo nothing, and draw no oile out of the hard stone, hée spake thus
against the king, in th'audience of manie, with a threatfull and propheticall spirit.
"O glorious king, thou hast reigned hitherto among the princes of the world with
incomparable glorie, and your princelie honour hath hitherto dailie increased to the
type of highnesse. But now doubtlesse is this triall being forsaken of God, whom
you forsake, and destitute of all heauenlie grace. From hensefoorth shall your
glorie be turned into sorrow, and your honor to reproch so long as you liue. I would
to God the king had auoided this threat by penance, like the king of Niniuie, and
had caused this sentence to be altered !"
The holie man spake this thing thrise, first at London, then at Douer, and lastlie
at Chinon castell beyond the sea. And I would to God the patriarch lad béene a
man without that propheticall spirit, & had rather spoken a lesing, that we may for
more euidence touch such things brieflie as were before spoken by that true forespeaker,
which we saw shortlie to take effect. Whereas the king reigned thirtie
and fiue yeares, thirtie years were granted him for worldlie glorie, expectation of his
conuersion, & triall of his deuotion; but the last fiue years fell vpon him, as vpon
an vngratefull, reprobate, and abiect seruant, in reuengement, sorrow, & ignonlinie.
For in the two and thirtith yeare of his reigne, immediatlie after the comming of
the patriarch, his first enterprise of sending his sonne Iohn into Ireland, both the
labour and cost was frustrate and lost. The thrée and thirtith yeare, whereas he
neuer lost land before, he lost to king Philip (being but a child) almost all Aniou.
The foure and thirtith yéere he lost the castell Rader, and welnéere all Berie. The
fiue and thirtith yeare of his reigne, and the fourth yéere after the comming of the
patriarch, not onelie king Philip of France, but his son Richard of Poitiers rising
against him, he. lost the cities of Towres and Maine, with manie castels, and himselte
also; according to that in saint Gregorie: "Those that the Lord hath long forborne,
that they might be conuerted, if they doo not conuert, he condemneth them the