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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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A.D. 1274. THE LETTER OP PALEOLOGIXS. 459 tenth of all ecclesiastical revenues should be paid for the assistance of the Holy Land. Likewise, at this council, there was great joy, because of the conversion of the Greeks after their schism ; for some Greeks arrived at the council, bringing with them from Greece letters sealed with the golden bull, and also letters from the prelates, the tenor of which was as follows :— The Letter of Paheologus, emperor of the Greek*. " To the most holy and blessed father, and supreme pontiff of the Apostolic See, the universal pope, the common prince of all Christians, the venerable father of our empire, the lord Gregory, Michael, the faithful worshipper of Christ the God, king, and emperor, and ruler of the Greeks, duke, whose name is also Angelus, and Commenus, and Palœologus, the spiritual son of your great holiness, sends all becoming honour and reverence, with sincere and pure affection, and all earnest supplication. Since ambassadors have been sent by your great holiness to our imperial power, men who pleased God, being of the order of Minor Brothers, by name brother Jerome de Osculo, brother Raymond de Beranger, brother Baona Grazia of Saint John de Persecetunvand brother Buonaventura de Mugellum, and have brought letters from your great holiness to our imperial power, in which, among other things, was contained the confession of faith which the holy Roman church teaches, and preaches, and confesses, as it seemed right that a proper reply should be regularly made touching this important point, behold our imperial majesty makes this reply, and our confession of faith is literally as follows :— " We believe in the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the Almighty God, and the whole Deity in the Trinity, of the same nature, co-eternal and co-omnipotent, of one will, power, and majesty ; the Creator of all creatures, from whom, are all things, in whom are all things, and by whom all things which are in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible, corporeal and spiritual, do exist. We believe in each separate person in this Trinity, making up one true, full, and perfect God. We believe that the Word of God was from all eternity born of the Holy Spirit and of Mary, always a virgin, with a rational soul, having two births, one a birth from everlasting, as touching his Father, the other a birth in time, as touching his mother ; real God and real man ; of a proper


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