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held by the Church for the benefit of the younger Raymond, to be delivered to him when he should reach the proper age, in whole or in part, as might be found expedient, provided he should manifest himself worthy. So far as Count Raymond was concerned, the verdict was final ; thereafter the Church always spoke of him as "the former count," "quondam comes." Subsequent decisions as to Foix and Comminges at least arrested the arms of de Montfort in that direction, although they proved far less favorable to the native nobles than they appeared on the surface.[1]

The highest tribunal of the Church Universal had spoken, and in no uncertain tone ; and we may see a significant illustration of the forfeiture of its hold on popular veneration in the fact that this, in place of meeting with acquiescence, was the signal of revolt. Apparently the decision had been awaited in the confidence that it would repair the long course of wrong and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion ; and, with the frustration of that hope, there was no hesitation in resorting to resistance, with the national spirit inflamed to the highest pitch of enthusiasm. If de Montfort thought that his conquests were secured by the voice of the Lateran fathers, and by King Philip's reception of the homage which he lost no time in rendering, he only showed how little he had learned of the temper of the race with which he had to deal. Yet in France he was naturally the hero of the hour, and the journey on his way to tender allegiance was a triumphal progress. Crowds flocked to see the champion of the Church ; the clergy marched forth in solemn procession to welcome him to every town, and those thought themselves happy who could touch the hem of his garment.[2]

The younger Raymond, at this time a youth of eighteen, hardened by years of adversity, was winning in manner, and is said to have made a most favorable impression on Innocent, who dismissed him with a benediction and good advice ; not to take what belonged to another, but to defend his own — " res de I'autrui non pregas ; lo teu, se degun lo te vol hostar, deffendas " — and he made

  1. Guillem de Tudela, cxlii.-clii.— Vaissette, III. 280-1 ; Pr. 57-63.— Teulet, Layettes, I. 420, No. 1132.— Pet. Sarnens. c. 83.— D'Achery I. 707.— Molinier, L'Ensevelissement du Comte de Toulouse, Angers, 1885, p. 6.
  2. Pet. Sarnens. c. 83.