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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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A.D. 127· Justus, bishop of the church at Vienne, was highly distinguished for his confession of Christ. A.D. 128. Sixtus, the eighth pope, succeeded Alexander, and ruled for ten years, three months, and twenty days. And the see was vacant two days. A.D. 129. Publias, bishop of Athene and a disciple of the apostles, received the crown of martyrdom on account of the faith of Christ, and was succeeded by Quadratus, whom we have mentioned before, who with great industry gathered the church of Christ together again, which had been dispersed in great alarm. A.D. 130. Basilidee, the heresiarch, greatly polluted the church of Christ by his treachery ; it was from him that the Basilidians, who adhered to his sect, derived their name. These men, among other blasphemies which they have invented about Christ, deny that he suffered. A.D. 131. Cornelius was appointed fourth bishop of Antioch. At the same time the blessed Cuthdrat, a bishop and disciple of the apostles, suffered gloriously. He gathered together, by his faith and energy, the church which had been scattered abroad in great alarm by the persecution of Adrian. A.D. 132. Nicopolis and Cassarea were destroyed by an earthquake. At the same time, Saint Symphrosia suffered in the city of Tibur, with seven of her sons ; first of all, her hands were stricken off, then she was hung up by the hair, and last of all she was thrown into the river. A.D. 133. Hymenœus presided over the church at Alexandria as bishop. At the same time, Saint Sabina, the martyr, suffered most gloriously at Rome, under the emperor Adrian. She was slain with the sword, and so flew to heaven with the palm of martyrdom. A.D. 134. Sylvius Julianus composed a perpetual edict. Adrian having built some built there a library of marvellous grandeur. A.D. 135. The Jews flew to arms, and ravaged Palestine. At the same time the blessed Aristides was deposed, who had offered the emperor Adrian some works on the Christian religion, and made him an elegant address, proving that Jesus was the only God. A.D. 136. The Jewish war which was being carried on in Palestine was terminated.


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