The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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and Germanus, causing the youth to sit down, gently passed his Healing hand over the leg which was contracted; the limb recovered its strength and soundness by the power of his touch, the withered nerves were restored, and the youth was, in the presence of all the people, delivered whole to his father. The multitude was amazed at the miracle, and the Catholic faith was firmly planted in the minds of all; after which, they were, in a sermon, warned and exhorted to make amends for their errors. By the judgment of all, the spreaders of the heresy, who had been expelled the island, were brought before the priests, to be conveyed up into the continent, that the country might be rid of them, and they corrected of their errors. Thus the fiath in those parts continued long after pure and untainted. All things being settled, the blessed prelates returned as prosperously as they came. But Germanus, after this, went to Ravenna to intercede for the tranquillity of the Armoricans, where, being very honourably received by Valentinian and his mother, Placidia, he departed to Christ; his body was conveyed to his own city with a splendid retinue, and numberless deeds of charity accompanied him to the grave.

Not long after, Valentinian was murdered by the followers of Etius, whom he had put to death, in the sixth year of the reign of Marcianus, and with him ended the empire of the West.

A. D. 455


CHAPTER XXII.
THE BRITONS, BEING FOR A TIME DELIVERED FROM FOREIGN INVA
SIONS, WASTED THEMSELVES BY CIVIL WARS, AND THEN GAVE
THEMSELVES UP TO MORE HEINOUS CRIMES.

In the meantime, in Britain, there was some respite from foreign, but not from civil war. There still remained the

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