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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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ItATTfTEW OF WE8TMTJT8TER. A.D. 511« A. D. 506. Pope Symmachus instituted a custom on every Sunday or birth-day of a saint to sing the Gloria in Excehiê at mass, a hymn which pope Telesphorus had only appointed to be sung on the night of the birth-day of our Lord ; and he added to it the words of the angels which follow. A.D. 507. There flourished in Britain Saint Samson, archbishop of York, and Saint Dubritiue, archbishop of Caerleon. A.D. 508. Hormieda was elected pope, and occupied the Roman chair nine years and seventeen days, and the see was vacant six days. The same year, Cedric and his son Kenric provoked the Britons to battle. For Uther, king of the Britons, was sick, and could not turn himself on either side ; on which account he appointed duke Nathanlioth general of the army of the Britons. And when the Saxons and Britons met, they fought with great vigour. But the Saxons, piercing the ranks of the Britons, slew duke Nathanlioth ; and with him there fell of the Britons five thousand men, and the Saxons withdrew exulting in their victory. A.D. 509. The keepers of the prison in which Octa and Eosa were passing their tedious life, being corrupted by bribes, fled with them into Germany, and returned with a large fleet to compass the destruction of Britain. Therefore, king Uther entrusted the army of Britain to Lothus, the magistrate of Leyli, a most energetic man. But when he had advanced against the enemy, he was several times repulsed by them, because the Britons would not obey his counsels. A.D. 510. .The emperor Anastasius sent letters to Louis,1 king of the Franks, about the consulship, and a golden crown, and ever after that day he was styled consul. A.D. 511. The Saxons who inhabited Britain, seeing that Uther Pendragon, the king, was afflicted by great infirmities, all agreed together to expel all the islanders from their country, and, uniting their forces, to subdue that fertile country to obedience to them for ever. Therefore, overrunning all the provinces, as they knew that no one could resist them, they began to ravage almost the whole island from sea to sea. Nor did they spare the prelates or the property of the church ; but extirpated nearly the whole of Christianity out of the island. But the islanders, abandoning their infirm monarch, fled to The same who has hitherto been called Clodoveus, or Clovis.


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