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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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and eighteen days ; after whose death a certain versifier spoke thus of him by way of epitaph : v " Ο Nicholas, glory and renown Aad mirror of the Minor Brothers, Their honour lived in yon alone, But now you're dead, is lost to thf others." And in his time, the brothers of the order of the Minora looked on the pope as the sun, and called the archbishop o f Canterbury the moon, and so began to set up their horns over the whole world, sparing no order or rank in the province o f England ; for in a most pitiless manner, with great power and boldness, they attacked the monks and professors of the order of Father Benedict at Worcester and Westminster, so that the prophecy of the holy virgin Hildegard was fulfilled, who flourished in the time of Saint Bernard, being full of the Holy Spirit; and under his teaching she set forth and composed many books, such as the book of the Scivia,1 the book of the deserts of life, the book of divine works, also homilies on the unknown tongue, and letters, and a heavenly harmony, with other writings in great numbers; also a volume of simple medicine according to the creation, consisting of eight books ; also a volume of compound medicine, discussing at the same time the causes of sickness, and its signs and cures ; all which were received and accounted canonical by pope Eugenius in the council of Treves, in which many bishops were present, both of the French and Germans, and also Saint Bernard, the abbot of Clairvauk. This virgin, from the time she was five years old, had the spirit of prophecy, and she began to prophecytfrom that time till she was forty-two years old and seven months. And among other works of her prophecies, in the second book of her " Mirror of Future Times, or the Pentacron of the Virgin Hildegard," which was published in the year of grace eleven hundred and forty-two, and entitled a Book on the New Religious, in the second chapter of it (which begins thus, " From the future light.. " ) she speaks as follows : "Again, I heard a voice saying, 0 daughter of Sion, the crown of the head of thy sons will be made to stoop, and the cloak of their love of riches will be diminished, because they knew not the time which I have given them to see in aid to teach those who are subject to them. For my words were given them to nourish little children with, which, however, they 1 The Scivia was a turning drum used by the nuns.—Ductmg*.


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