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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.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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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reigned fifteen years. He waged war successfully against the Germans. A.D. 179. Lucius Antoninus, being utterly depraved by luxury and profligacy, and being rendered quite shameless, constantly fought in arms among the gladiators in the schools, and also m the amphitheatre, and constantly exposed himself to fight with wild beasts. A.D. 180. The Capitol of Rome was struck by lightning, and that caused a conflagration, which burnt with its devouring fury the library which had been collected by the care of former ages, and several temples situated in the neighbourhood. A.D/ 181. The emperor Lucius murdered the senators, and especially those whom he had observed to be eminent for nobleness and energy. A.D. 182. Irenœus, bishop of Lyons, flourished, and also Dionysius, who had been a disciple of the disciples of Christ, and who at that time governed the church at Corinth. A.D. 183. The emperor had the head taken off the Colossus, and ordered one bearing his own resemblance, to be placed upon it. AD. 184. Theodotius of Ephesus, the third translator of the divine law, flourished with high reputation. A.D. 185. Eleutherius was elected the fifteenth pope. He sat in the Roman chair for fifteen years, six months, and five days ; and the see was vacant six days. About the same time, Lucius, king of the Britons, directed letters to the same pope, entreating of him that he might be nude a Christian. And the blessed pontiff, having ascertained the devotion of the king, sent to him some religious teachers, namely, Faganus and Deruvianus, to convert the king to Christ, and wash him in the holy font. And when that had been done, then the different nations ran to baptism, following the example of the king, so that in a short time there were no infidèle found in the island. Therefore, those blessed teachers, when they had destroyed paganism throughout the whole of Britain, dedicated the temples, which had been founded in honour of many gods, to the one God, and to his saints, and filled them with different companies of ordained priests ; and they appointed in the different cities of the kingdom twenty-eight bishops, who were under the supreme jurisdiction of three archbishops and three metropolitan sees. The first see was that of London, to which Cornwall and Loegria were

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