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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. 566. ETHELBERT BEIONS EST KENT. a voyage that lasted seven years, went to the Fortunate Islands, and saw many things -worth relating. And he had a disciple Machutus, who was completely educated by him, and who was the companion of his voyage, and who was very eminent in Britain for his miracles and holiness. And he, being provoked by the Britons, cursed them, and went over to Gaul, where he flourished, and was very eminent for virtue, living under the protection of Leontius, bishop of Guienne. And as, by reason o f his curse, the Britons became afflicted with many disasters, he subsequently healed them by giving them hie blessing, and absolved them. About the same time, Sampson, archbishop of the Dolensiane, and successor of the holy Sampson, who crossed over from the Greater Britain to the Lesser, was eminent for learning and holiness. A.D. 562. A mountain in Gaul, on the river Rhone, bellowed for many days, and was at length driven from its place by another mountain, and with the churches, and buildings, and men, and beasts that were on it, was precipitated into the river. A.D. 563. Priscian, the grammarian and orator, a subdeacon, who turned the Acts of the Apostles into hexameter verse, flourished at Rome. There flourished at the same time Fortunatus, an eminent man, of illustrious genius, of acute discernment and pleasing eloquence, who came from Italy to Tours, and wrote an account of the acts of the blessed Martin in heroic metre, in four books. And, removing from thence, he was made bishop of Poictiers. A.D. 564. After the death of Clothaire, king of the Franks, his four sons divided the kingdom between them ; and the eldest of them, named Chirperic, reigned twenty-three years. A.D. 565. Justin the younger obtained the empire of Rome, and reigned twelve years. In this year also there were seen many signs in the sun and moon. A.D. 566. John was appointed to the Roman chair, and occupied it twelve years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days. And the see was vacant ten months and three days. The same year, Saint Columbus flourished, who came from Scotland into Britain. The same year, Ethelbert, son of Brmeric, succeeded to the kingdom of Kent, and governed it with great vigour for fifty-six years. He was the most powerful of all the kings of England, and extended the boundaries o f his empire as far as the river Humber, by which the people


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