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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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montas and five days, and was succeeded by Leo, who governed it one year and four months. A.D. 964. Bang Edgar the Pacific placed monks in the new monastery at Winchester and at Middleton ; and appointed Ethelgar as abbot of the former, and Kineward as abbot of the latter. A.D. 965. John became pope, and occupied the Roman chair seven years and eleven months. About the same time, when the holy Ethelwold, bishop of the city of Winchester, was one night standing at the great altar of his church in prayer before the relics of the saints, three reverend persons appeared to him, of whom the one which was in the middle uttered these words distinctly : " I," said he, " am Birstan, formerly bishop of this city, and," pointing to his right hand, " this man," said he, "Birin, formerly the preacher and first bishop of this church then, pointing to his left, he continued, " and this is Saint Swithun, the spiritual patron of this church and city. And know that, as you now see me with them in your presence, so do I enjoy equal glory with them in heaven. Why, then, am I defrauded of honour from mortals on earth, when I am magnified by the company of heavenly spirits in heaven ? " And when he had said this, he and his companions rose up into the air, leaving a precious memory of themselves to their fellow-countrymen on earth. A.D. 966. When some Danes were disputing at a banquet with one of the clergy named Popò, about the worship of God and of the gods, the Danes asserting that Jesus Christ was God, but that there were greater gods, and more ancient than he ; but Popò, affirming on the contrary, that Jesus Christ was the only true God, one in substance and triune in person ; Harold, king of the Danes, said to Popò, that he ought to prove the faith which he thus asserted by the ordeal of truth. And when Popò affirmed that he would so prove it before the people, they brought him a piece of iron of great weight, excessively heated, and placed it in his hands. And when Popò had carried it before their eyes as long as they all desired without receiving any injury, the king utterly discarded his idols, and turned both himself and all his followers to the worship of the true and only God. But Popò was promoted to a bishopric. A.D. 967. King Edgar collected a body of nuns in the monastery of aftumimtfetge, which his grandfather, king Edward,


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