The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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on the throne, being of the blood royal, and having reigned thirty-seven years over that nation, he gave up the kingdom in like manner to younger persons, and went away to Rome, to visit the blessed apostles, at the time when Gregory was pope, being desirous to spend some time of his pilgrimage upon earth in the neighbourhood of the holy place, that he might be more easily received by the saints into heaven. The same thing, about the same time, was done through the zeal of many of the English nation, noble and ignoble, laity and clergy, men and women.


CHAPTER VIII.
ARCHBISHOP THEODORE DIES, BERTHWALD SUCCEEDS HIM AS ARCH
BISHOP, AND AMONG MANY OTHERS WHOM HE ORDAINED, HE
MADE TOBIAS, A MOST LEARNED MAN, BISHOP OF THE CHURCH
OF ROCHESTER.

The year after that in which Ceadwal died at Rome, that is, 690 after the incarnation of our Lord, Archbishop Theodore, of blessed memory, departed this life, old and full of days, for he was eighty-eight years of age; which number of years he had been wont long before to forefell to his friends that he should live, the same having been revealed to him in a dream. He held the bishopric twenty-two years, and was buried in St. Peter's church, where all the bodies of the bishops of Canterbury are buried. Of whom, as well as of his companions of the same degree, it may rightly and truly be said, that their bodies are interred in peace, and their names shall live from generation to generation. For to say all in few words, the English churches received more advantage during the time of his pontificate, than ever they had done before. His person, life, age, and death, are plainly described to all that resort thither, by

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