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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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ROGER OF WENDOVER. [A.D. 120G. " Here I am, as I promised ; it is time for us to be going. Let your body rest on the bed, it is only jour spirit which is to go with me ; and, that your body may not appear to be dead, I will inspire into you the breath of life." In this way they both left the house, St. Julian leading the way, and Turchill following. How the man being released from the body teas taken to a certain church, where there was an assemblage of spirits. After they had travelled to the middle of the world, as the man's guide said it was, towards the east, they entered a church of wonderful structure, the roof of which was supported only by three pillars. The church itself was large and spacious, but without partitions, arched all round like a monk's cloister ; but on the northern side there was a wall not more than six feet high, which was joined to the church which rested on the three pillars. In the middle of the church there was a large baptistery, from which there arose a large flame, not burning, yet unceasingly illuminating the whole of the church and the places around, like a meridian sun ; this brightness proceeded, as he was told by St. Julian, from the decimation of the just. When they entered the hall, St. James met them, wearing a priest's mitre, anil seeing the pilgrim for whom he had sent, ordered St. Julian and St. Dotnninus, who were the guardians of the place, to show to his pilgrim the penal pinces of the wicked its well as the mansions of the just, and after speaking thus, he passed on. Then St. Julian informed his companion that this church was the place which received the souls of all those who had lately died, that there might be assigned to them the abodes and places, as well of condemnation as of salvation by the atonements of purgatory, which were destined by God for them. That place, through the intercession of the glorious virgin Mary, was mercifully designed that all spirits which were born again in Christ, might, as soon as they left the body, be there assembled free from the attacks of devils, and receive judgment according to their works. In this church, then, which was called the "Congregation of spirits," I saw many spirits of the just, while all over, and with the faces of youth. After being taken beyond the northern wall, I saw a great number of spirits, standing near

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