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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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and praises. And a voice from heaven wae heard addressing him in this manner, in the hearing of all men : " Verily I say unto you, this day you shall be with your disciple Alban in paradise." Then a certain one of the faithful in Christ secretly took away the body of the blessed martyr, and reverently buried it in the earth. About the same time there suffered in Britain, Aaron and Julius, with many other men and women, who went up by martyrdom to the desirable joy of the heavenly Jerusalem ; the blessed Alban soil being the protomartyr of the English, who first purpled Britain with his blood. And in the same slaughter, Pamphilus suffered, whose life has been written in three books by Eusebius, bishop of Cœsarea. A.D. 304. Diocletian at Nicomedia, and Maximian Herculeus at Milan, laid aside the purple ; but the persecution when it had been once begun did not cease to rage till the seventh year of Constantine. A.D. 305. Oalerius obtained the Roman empire, and reigned three years. In the same year, which is the third year of the persecution, Constantius,' a man of the greatest magnanimity, died in Britain at York. And his son Constantine succeeding to the kingdom of Britain, laboured to govern his realm with the greatest tranquillity and honour. A.D. 306. Maximin and Severus, who had been made Caesars by Oalerius, increase the persecutions against the Christians. At this time, Peter, the bishop of Alexandria, suffered, and many Egyptians with him. Lucian also suffered, a presbyter of the church of Antioch, and Timotheus was put to death at Rome on the twenty-first of June. A.D. 307· Constantine, son of Constantius and-Helen, was made emperor, from having been king of Britain, and reigned twenty years and ten months. A.D. 308. Nicolas, a man eminent for sanctity and virtue, was consecrated bishop of Mirrhe, the metropolis. A.D. 309. Eusebius was elected to the Roman chair, and occupied it two years and two months. The same year, Galenius died, and Constantine became sole emperor. A.D. 310. Pascasius flourished in the church at Vienne, and Phileas, the Egyptian, composed a book in most elegant style in praise of martyrdom, and at last he gloriously ended his own life by martyrdom.

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