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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.


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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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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A.D. 401. THE HERESY. OF THE MESSALIANS. 203 Tonx, Ambrose of Milan, Jerome, abbot of Bethlehem, and Pachomius, abbot of Egypt. A.D. 394. The chronicles of Jerome and those of Gennadius begin. The same year, Saint Patrick, a Scot, was sold as a slave into Ireland, with his sisters ; and he became the swineherd of the king, in which situation he was often honoured with conferences with the angels. A.D. 395. Ae Jerome translated the sacred scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments into the Latin language, the edition of the seventy translators began to be less thought of. A.D . 396. The bodies of the prophets Habakkuk and Micah are discovered. A.D. 397. The bodies of the martyrs Nazarius and Celsus were found at Milan by Ambrose, and taken up. A.D. 398. On the death of Theodosius the great emperor, Arcadius and Honorine, his sons, succeeded to the empire, and reigned fourteen years ; and they dividing the monarchy of the world between them, placed the principal seats of their government, the one at Borne and the other at Constantinople. And in their time Donatus, the bishop of Epirus, was eminent for his virtues, who killed a savage dragon by spitting in his month : a monster so large, that as it was desirable to destroy him, lest he should taint the air, eight yoke of oxen could scarcely drag it to the place where it was to be burnt. A.D. 399. Ambrose first appointed hymns tò be sung in the * church ; and at the same time Arsenius, from having been a senator, became a monk. About the same time the temples of the Gentiles, at the command of Theodosius, were destroyed throughout the world, and in their stead temples of Christ are built in every direction. A.D. 400. Bufinus, the commander of the oriental army, being carried away by the desire of empire, and rebelling, from a hope of attaining the chief power, was slain by Stilicho, the commander of the western army ; of whose death the ad*mirable poet Claudian thus speaks : M No longer do I grieve that wicked men Rise to the topmost height of prosperous power— They are but raised to fall more fatally. " A.D. 401. The heresy of the Messalians arose; of those men, that is to say, who say that devils can be driven out of men by merely speaking to them.

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