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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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clear a judgment of God, restored peace to the church by a lukewarm satisfaction. A.D. 256. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, receives the crown of martyrdom. His life, and an account of his passion, have been written by Ponuanus, his deacon, and left by him to the faithful, for their edification. AJD. 257. Stephen was elected to the Roman chair, which he held four years, three months, and three days. He ordered the priests and Lévites not to wear their sacred vestments in daily use, but only in the church. A.D. 258. The Germans invaded all Italy in a hostile manner, and penetrated as far as Ravenna. A.D. 259. Greece, Macedonia, Pontus, and Asia were destroyed by an inundation of the Goths. A.D. 260. Six tus was elected to the Roman chair, and held it for two years, eleven months, and six days, and then it was vacant. A.D. 261. Postumius, by means of great bloodshed for twenty-one days, seized the supreme power in Gaul, and he retained it ten years, displaying great virtue and moderation. He expelled the enemies who had previously got the mastery, but he was nevertheless slain in a sedition of the soldiers. A.D. 262. Victorinus was created emperor by the Gauls, and, after a short time, was slain at Vienne. A.D. 263. Dionysius was appointed pope, and occupied the Roman chair two years and two months. mg to build a church, was hindered by some mountain. And as there was not room for building the church, he, by his prayers, removed the mountain, and founded the church. A.D. 265. Felix was appointed to the Roman chair, and occupied it two years, ten months, and twenty-five days* About the same time, also, Lupicinus, bishop of the church at Vienne, flourished with great renown. A.D. 266. Galhenus, the emperor, having deserted the republic, and given himself up to licentiousness at Milan, was slain. A.D. 267. Claudius assumed the supreme power with the good-will of the senate, and reigned two years. A.D. 268. Eutychianus became pope of Rome, and continued BO for eight years, ten months, and three days. And the see was vacant eight days.


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