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He despatched for a bishop who used to be a guy of very saintly existence and informed him that he wanted him to head in his position so far as Jerusalem to worship on the sepulchre of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bishop promised to do his bidding, as that of his liege lord. The king bade him make prepared and set out with all attainable pace. What extra shall I say? The bishop took depart of the king and made prepared and began on his means within the guise of a pilgrim, very honourably arrayed. He journeyed to date via sea and land that he got here to Jerusalem. He went directly to the sepulchre and worshipped there and did to it such reverence and honour as a Christian should do to this type of holy and venerable factor as is that this sepulchre. And he made an outstanding delivering there on behalf of the king who had despatched him. whilst the bishop had performed all that he got here to do good and properly, just like the clever guy that he used to be, then he set out at the homeward trip with all his corporation. He endured on his approach until eventually he got here to Aden. Now you need to comprehend that during this kingdom Christians are bitterly hated; the natives won't tolerate one in every of them, yet glance upon them as their mortal foes. So, whilst the sultan of Aden learnt that this bishop was once a Christian and an emissary of the good king of Abyssinia, he had him arrested there after which and demanded to grasp no matter if he was once a Christian. The bishop answered that he was once so in very fact. The sultan informed him that if he wouldn't profess the religion of Mahomet, he will be positioned to utter disgrace and shame. The bishop replied that he may faster be killed than surrender his religion. whilst the sultan heard this solution, he abused him shamefully and ordered that he will be circumcised. So a band of his males laid palms on him and circumcised him within the style of the Saracens. This performed, the sultan avowed that this affront have been positioned upon him in scorn and contempt of the king his grasp. And with these phrases he allow him cross. The bishop used to be grieved to the guts on the disgrace he had suffered; yet he comforted himself with the idea that he had suffered it for the sake of the Christian religion, and as a result our lord god might requite his soul within the subsequent international. to not make too lengthy a story of it, you could take it that, whilst the bishop used to be healed and ready to journey, he went on his means along with his corporation. He travelled through sea and land until eventually he got here to Abyssinia to his lord the king. The king used to be thrilled to work out him and made him heartily welcome, after which requested for tidings of the sepulchre. The bishop advised him the total fact approximately it, and the king accounted it a holy subject and reposed nice religion in it. subsequent he mentioned how the sultan of Aden had had him circumcised as a mark of scorn and contempt for his grasp. whilst the king heard how his bishop were placed to disgrace in contempt of himself, he was once so indignant that he got here just about demise. In a voice that every one these approximately him may well it seems that listen he vowed that he might neither put on his crown nor rule his realm if he didn't wreak such vengeance that every one the realm could communicate of it.