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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. 505. OTJ8TOM: INSTITUTED BY POPE SYMMACHUS. as bishop in the church of Miscen. But three years afterwards, Symmachus was impeached, and Laurentius recalled. Then Symmachus, a synod of a hundred and fifteen bishops having been convened, cleared himself most eloquently from the accusations brought against him, and proved his own innocence. And so Laurentius was again ejected, and Symmachus restored. But when Symmachus died, then it was determined that Laurentius should be elected to the apostolic see in his place. A.D. 500. Clodoveus, king of the Franks, gave many estates to the church of Rheims, out of his own innate royal munificence. Remigius having given a great portion of them to the church of Lyons, founded the seat of a bishopric there, that the dignity and honour of the church might be increased. A.D. 501. Port, and his two sons, Bleda and Magia, came to Britain with two ships, and landed in the place which, from the name of Port, is called Portsmouth. Moreover, expelling the duke of that district, they occupied the sea-coast, and began to inhabit the place which was previously unoccupied. A.D. 502. Symmachus Patricius, and his son-in-law Boethins, translated books treating of all the Uberai sciences out of Greek into Latin. A.D. 503. A certain exceedingly mad man from Africa, named Olympus, while he was in a bath blaspheming the Holy Trinity, was burnt by a thunderbolt which came down on him from heaven. A.D. 504. While Deuterus, the Arrian bishop at Constantinople was baptizing a man of the name of Barba, and expressing the distinction between the persons of the Trinity incorrectly, laying, " I baptize you, Ο Barba, in the name of the Father, by the Son, in the Holy Ghost," the water suddenly disappeared. A.D. 505. Alamund, king of the Saracens, having been baptized by the orthodox, when the Eutychiane were desirous to •educe him, refuted them by this fabulous argument ; that he had received letters mentioning the death of the archangel Michael. As they replied that this was impossible, because the nature of an angel was impassible, " How then," said he, "was Christ, according to your statement, crucified naked, unless he really had two natures, since, according to you, even in angel cannot die ?"


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