Excerpt from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 11 of 12
Been exposed by an husband regardless of her honour and his own 80 popular was the cause of Urban, so weighty was his influence, that the council which be summoned at Placentia 7) was composed... of two hundred bishops of Italy France, Burgundy, 'swabia, and Bavaria. Four thousand of the clergy,' and thirty thousand of the laity, attended this important meeting; and as themost spacious cathedral would have been inadequate to the multitude, the session of seven days was held in a plain adjacent to the city. The ambassadors. Of the Greek emperor, Aleis Comnenus, were introduced to plead the 'distress of their. Sovereign, and the danger of Constantinople, which was divided only by a narrow sea from the victorious Turks, the common enemies of the Christian name, In their suppliant address they ¿attered the pride of the Latin princes; and, appeal ing at once to their policy and religion, exhorted them to repel the Barbarians on the confines 'of Asia, rather, than to expect them in the heart of Europe. At' the sad tale of the misery and perils.
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