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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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after he had been strengthened in the faith. And he, rising up from the font, confessed that he had seen Christ, and being perfectly cleansed from his leprosy, ordered by bis imperial edict, that the one true Almighty God should be worshipped by the whole city, and that all those who despised this order should be punished. A.D. 319. The emperor Constantine, being now becomes Christian, gave leave freely to restore the churches, and to build new ones in honour of Christ ; and he gave privileges to the Christians throughout nearly the whole of the Roman empire, so that the Christian people might Uve in freedom and safety under bishops regularly ordained to their bishoprics. A.D. 320. The Arrian heresy began, so called from Arrius, a presbyter of Alexandria, who,'not acknowledging the Son to be co-eternal with the Father, asserted the existence o f different substances in the Trinity, saying, that une was greater than the other, in contradiction of that Word of our Lord, " I and the Father are One." To condemn this man, and to reestablish the pure faith, a council of three hundred and eighteen bishops was assembled by Constantine from all quarters of the world. A.D. 321. The most sacred council of Aries was convened, consisting of six hundred bishops ; Mauritius being at this time bishop of the aforesaid city. A.D. 322. The heresy of the Donatists arises in Africa, having its beginning from a certain Donatus, who coming from Numidia, deceived nearly all Africa by his persuasive eloquence, asserting that the Son was inferior to the Father, and the Holy Spirit inferior to the Son, and that Catholics required to be baptised again after a lapse. A.D. 323. A great multitude of barbarians was collected together on the river Danube, ready for war against the Romans, which Constantine hearing, prepared an army against them, and went to meet them. And the following night there came to him a person of great splendour, saying to him, " Constantine, look up to Heaven, and see." But he, looking up to Heaven, saw a figure of the Holy Cross, and ordered the figure to march before him, trusting in it, because on it c he had seen inscribed, radiant with splendid brightness, In this sign shalt thou conquer." And when he had Been this sight, he made a cross resembling it, to serve as the imperial

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