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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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mind, he laid his hands upon him, and when the king was going to throw himself at his feet, he raised him np, and exhorting him to embrace the faith, prevailed upon him. Therefore, on the holy day of Easter, the king and many other persons with him were baptized by PanlinnB, in the church of Saint Peter, which he himself had built of wood, and the idols and their altars he utterly destroyed. After that, he erected an episcopal see in the city of York for Paulinus, and built there a church of stone, in which his children were baptized, with an immense multitude of men, so that in a short time there was no unbeliever found in the whole kingdom. A.D. 628. Archbishop Paulinus converted the province of Lindsey, which is the district on the south bank of the river Humber, to the Christian faith ; and first of all he baptized Blecca, the governor of that province, with all his honse. And in that city he built a church, and consecrated Honorine as bishop of it. A.D. 629. A battle took place between Penda, king of Mercia, and Kinegilf, king of the West Saxons, at Cirencester. And after a great slaughter on both sides, the two parties made a truce and retreated. A.D. 630. King Edwin, among the works of usefulness which he did for his nation, conducted streams of clear water in brazen pipes along the sides of the roads, for the refreshment of travellers. He ordered standards to be borne before him ; and brought all Britain into such a state of peace in his time, that a woman loaded with gold, with a little child, might have gone about9 unhurt wherever she pleased. This year, archbishop Justus died, and was succeeded by Honorius. A.D. 631. Sergius, the patriarch of Constantinople, and Cyrus, the bishop of Alexandria, fell into the heresy of the Monothelites, who asserted that there was but one operation in Christ, and so disturbed the church of believers. On which account the emperor, who favoured them, incurred the hatred of all his subjects, and was attacked on all sides by all his neighbours, and he, who had been used to conquer everybody, was now conquered by everybody, by the permission of divine justice. A.D. 632. Eorpenwald, king of the East Angles, in consequence of the exhortations of king Edwin, received the faith of Christ. But after he and all his family had believed, and been baptized by bishop Felix, he did not live long, being slain


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