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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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of the north are divided from those of the south, and ruled the inhabitants of all those provinces with great nobleness. A.D. 567. On the death of Adda, king of the Bemicians, Glappa succeeded to the kingdom, and reigned five years. The same year, fiery spears were seen in the air, portending the irruption of the Lombards into Italy. A.D. 568. Ceauline, king of the west Saxons, and Cutha, his brother, united their forces, and made war upon Ethelbert, king of Kent. And two counts, the allies of Ethelbert, were slain, and he himself was put to flight. A.D. 569. Glappa, king of the Bernicians, died, and Theobald reigned in his stead, and was king for one year. A.D. 570. Fretheulfus became king of the Bernicians, and reigned seven years. The same year, the people of Armenia adopted the faith of Christ, and the abbot Wandregisilus was born. A.D. 571. One cycle of the sacred passover of four hundred and twenty-two years since our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified ; in the seventh indiction, the five thousand and seventyfifth year after the creation of the world, according to the Greeks. Affa was at this time the king of east Anglia. A.D. 572. Gregory was ordained bishop of Tours, and was esteemed very eminent for his piety. A.D. 573* The Spaniards and the Gauls differed about the celebration of Easter ; as the Spaniards celebrated it on the twenty-first of March, and the Franks on the eighteenth of April. But it was proved, by divine interposition, that the Franks were the more correct as to the days, because the fountains in Spain, for the purpose of baptism, which had been accustomed to be filled on the sabbath of the sacred passover by.divine agency, became filled, not on the passover of the Spaniards, but on that of the Franks. A.D. 574. The following' circumstance happened: Albinus, king of the Lombards, had formerly slain in battle hie wife's father Cunimund, king of the Gepidee, and had made a drinking cup for himself out of his skull. And as one day he gave it to his wife to drink out of, saying, "Drink with your father/* she, being inflamed with womanly fury, procured him to be assassinated by his armour-bearer. A.D. 575. Benedict became pope, and sat in the Roman chair four years, six months, and seventeen days. He was the


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