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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. 417. COUNT CONSTANTTTJS EXPELS THE GOTHS. 205 of manhood. Bat after a time one body died, and the other survived it three days. The same year, Innocent the First was made pope, and he sat in the Roman chair fifteen years, two months, and twenty days ; and the see was vacant fifteen days. A.D. 408. Innocent, bishop of the city of Rome, dedicated a church to the most blessed martyrs Gervasius and Prothatius ; which was built by the devotion of a most illustrious woman, by name Vestina. A.D. 409. Pope Innocent made a rule that the kiss of peace should be given at mass, and that the oil for the sick should be consecrated by the bishop. A.D. 410. Saint Alexius nourished at Rome ; a man who left his bride on the first night of his marriage, and travelled eighteen years for Christ's sake. A.D. 411. Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was very much distinguished in the church of Christ for learning and sanctity. A.D. 412. Honorius succeeded Arcadius the emperor, and reigned twenty years. A.D. 413. The heresy of the Priscillanists arose, which was originated by a certain Priscillus, who connected men with stars that influenced their fate ; and who affirmed that the human body itself was arranged with reference to the twelve signs of the zodiac ; placing Aries in the head, Taurus in the neck, Gemini in the shoulders, and Cancer in me breast ; in this manner running through all the hmbs down to the feet, which he assigned to the fishes. He despised marriage and the use of meat He also attributed the creation of human flesh not to God, but to the evil angels. A.D. 414. Honorius the emperor appointed Constantius, hie comrade, master of his army ; who, in the first place, going into Gaul, took Constantine prisoner at Aries, and put him to death. A.D. 415. The heresy of Pelagius came to an audience of pope Innocent, and gave rise to a council of two hundred and twenty-four bishops of Carthage ; which convicted and condemned it. A.D. 416. Oroeius, a presbyter and historian, flourished, who was sent by Saint Augustine to Saint Jerome, to learn the theory of the soul. A.D. 417. Count Constantius, being at Aries, and displaying great energy in the transaction of affairs there, expelled the


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