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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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them all, ten articles, the first of which was that they should all observe the sacred day of Easter together ; on the next Sunday after the fourteenth day of the first month, the second that no bishop should invade the province of another ; the third, that no bishop should be permitted to disturb the monas- teries which had been consecrated by God, nor to appropriate any of their possessions ; the fourth, that monks should not go from place to place, but should persevere in that obedience which they had promised at the time of their conversion ; the fifth, that no clerk should forsake hie bishop orbe admitted if he went to any other diocese, without letters from his own superior ; the sixth, that foreign bishops and clergy should perform no duty without the consent of the bishop in whose diocese they were sojourning ; the seventh, that a synod should be held twice a year, or at the very least once a year, because different causes and occupations hinder many ; the eighth, that no bishop should out of ambition prefer himself to another, but that all should be guided by the time and order of their consecration ; the ninth, that more bishops should be made, as the number of the faithful increased ; the tenth, that no one should be permitted to contract any connection with a woman except a legitimate marriage ; that no one should commit incest, and that no one should put away his wife except for the cause of fornication. And as all the bishops consented to these articles, every one confirmed what was thus settled by the subscription of his own signature. A.D. 674. Bosa, the bishop, being removed while still alive, because he was prevented by grave infirmity from the discharge of his episcopal duty, two persons were ordained in hie place, namely, Acca and Bedwin ; and ever since that time that province has been in the habit of having two bishops, and the seats of their respective sees were Dommoc and Helmham. And not long afterwards, archbishop Theodore being N offended at the disobedience of Winfrid, bishop of Mercia, deposed him, and in his stead ordained Sexulf bishop, who was the founder and abbot of the monastery which is called j$Uoe*i)am0teoe, in the district of the Girvians. But Winfrid, when he was deposed, returned to his monastery, which is called Sftbarune, where he ended his life in all goodly conversation. A.D. 675. When Sebba, son of Seward, and Sigeher, son of the uncle of Sigebert, were reigning jointly in the country of


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