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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.1


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.1
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and at the discovery of the cave, trusted at last that he should be able to convert the wretched people of Ireland to the true faith of Christ. He immediately, therefore, constructed an oratory on that spot, and, enclosing the cave which is in the burial-ground in front of the church, placed a door there, that no one might enter it without his leave. He next appointed there a society of regular canons, and gave the key to the prior, with orders that whoever came to the prior with a licence from the bishop of that district, should be allowed to enter the purgatory. Many persons availed themselves of this privilege whilst St. Patrick was still alive, and when they came out, they testified that they had seen the torments of the wicked, as well as the great and unspeakable happiness of the good. How Owen by the licence of the bishop entered the purgatory. The aforesaid knight, therefore, persevered in demanding necessary licence, and the bishop, seeing him inflexible, gave him a letter to the prior, requesting him to act in the usual way. The prior, having read the letter, conducted the knight into the church, where he remained in prayer during fifteen days. At the end of this time, the prior first celebrated mass, and administered to him the holy communion j he then led him to the door of the cave, which being opened, he sprinkled him with holy water, and said, " You will enter here in the name of Jesus Christ, and will walk through the cave until you come out upon an open plain, where you will find a hall skilfully constructed ; enter it, and God will send you guides who will tell you what you are to do." The man entered with boldness upon this conflict with the demons, and commending himself to the prayers of all, and signing his forehead with the mark of the holy cross, he bravely passed the gate, and the prior, shutting the door after him, returned with the procession into the church. How the knight reached the aforesaid hall, and entered into it. The knight passed courageously along the cave, until he was in total darkness : at last the light again broke upon him, and he found himself in the plain where was the hall that he had been told of ; the light was no more than the twilight of evening, and the hall was not enclosed by walls, but by

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