This verbal summons of Pope Clement VI., which
rests on the authority of the Roman historian and a Vatican
Ms., is disputed by the biographer of Petrarch, (tom. ii.
not. p. 70-76.) with arguments rather of decency than of
weight. The court of Avignon might not choose to agitate
this delicate question.
The History Of The Decline And
Fall Of The Roman Empire
—Fall In The East