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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. 203. DEATH OF LUCIUS, KTSB ΟΓ THE BRITONS. 167 A.D. 193. Severus defeated all Cyzicus, and slew Pestenninus Niger, who in Egypt and in Syria had aspired to the tyranny. A.D. 194. Severue checked the Jews and Samaritans, who were endeavouring to rebel with the sword ; and conquered the Parthians, the Arabians, and the Alabeni. A.D. 195. Severus began the fifth persecution after Nero, against the Christians. And a great many saints in the different provinces received the crown of martyrdom; among whom were Leonidas, the father of Origen, and Clément» the bishop of die church at Alexandria. A.D. 196. Irenesus of Lyons, with a vast multitude of every sex and age, underwent martyrdom for the sake of Christ. A.D. 197. Claudius Albinus, who had made himself Caesar in the Gauls, was slain at Lyons. A.D. 198. Victor was appointed pontiff of the Roman see, being the sixteenth pope. And he remained in it ten years, two months, and ten days, and the see was vacant six days. He established the rule of regulating Easter by the moon ; so that it should be celebrated from the fourteenth day of the first month to 4Jie twenty-first. A.D. 199. Apollonius, a most discreet man, wrote against Montanus, Prisca, and Maximilla, all heretics, who affirmed that the Holy Ghost had been given not to the Apostles, but to them. A.D. 200. Serapion, bishop of the church at Antioch, and Apollonius, a senator, were made martyrs. A.D. 201. The illustrious king of the Britons, Lucius, was taken in the midst of his good actions, and departed this Hfe, to go to Christ, at Claudiocestria ; and was honourably buried in die church of the principal see. After his death, a dissension arose among the Britons, because he died without an heir, and because the Roman power was weakened. And BO Britain remained in a state of division till the arrival of Severus, who afterwards restored it to obedience to the Romans. Aj. 202. At the command of Severus, Perpetua and Félicitas were in the camp at Carthage, in Africa, given up to wild beasts, for Christ's sake, to be devoured by them, on the •eventh of March, and with them, Revocatus and Saturninus. But Secundolus, after he had been a long time kept in prison, fell asleep in Christ. A.D. 203. Panthenus, a philosopher of the Stoic sect, was


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