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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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flesh, he should be quite clean to pass to eternal happiness. Both which objects he, by the favour of God, accomplished as he had desired. A.D . 689. King Cadwallader came to Rome while Sergio» was filling the onice of the pontificate, and was baptized on the sacred day of the sabbath of Ëaster; and while he was still wearing his white garments1 he was seized with sickness, and on the twentieth of April he was released from the flesh, and united to the kingdom of the blessed in heaven. At the time of his baptism, the pope whom I have mentioned gave him the name of Peter, in order that a king who, under the influence of pious love, had come to the threshhold of Peter from the ends of the earth, should be joined in fellowship with him by likewise bearing his name. And, by the command of the pontiff, he was buried in the church of the Apostle, and an epitaph is inscribed on hie monument expressed in the following language :— ' Dominion, power, and a mighty realm ; Fair children, willing nobles, subjects, home ; And forts, and camps, and riches, which his sire And he himself by virtuous might acquired, The brave Cadwallader left for love of God." Cadwallader was succeeded in the kingdom of the West Saxons by Ida, one of the royal family, who reigned thirtyseven years. He was the son of Kenred, who was the son of Ceolwald, who was the brother of Kiniwald, and Ceolwald and Einiwald were the sons of Cuthwin, who was the son of Ceauline ; and so, by tracing back his pedigree, he arrived at Woden. The same year, Geoffrey of Monmouth, who was afterwards bishop of Saint Asaph, terminated the history of the Britons, which he had commenced with the fall of Troy, in this manner : When the Britons had been driven from the island by the Saxons, they went to Wales, where they degenerated from the pure blood of the Britons, and came to be called not Britons, but Welch (Wallenses), deriving their name from Wallo, their leader, or from trahies, the queen, or from their own savageness. And I entrust to my contemporary, Caradoc of Lancarban, the task of writing the history of their kings who have successfully ruled over them in Wales since that time ; while the kings of the Saxons form the subject of the works of William The neophytes, or new converts, wore a white garment at their baptisa, and for some short time afterwards in most instances.


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