The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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of God, which they declare to you, to the end that, beliehig, as has been said, in God the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Ghost, and the individual Trinity, having put to flight the sensualitics of devils, and driven from you the suggestions of the venomous and deceitful enemy, and being born again by water and the Holy Ghost, you may, through his assistance and bounty, dwell, in the brightness of eternal glory, with Him in whom you shall believe. We have moreover sent you the blessing of your protector, the blessed Peter, prince of the apostles, that is, a shirt, with one gold ornament, and one garment of Ancyra, which we pray your highness to accept with the same good-will as it is friendly intended by us."


CHAPTER XI.
POPE BONIFACE ADVISES QUEEN ETHELBURGA TO USE HER BEST EN
DEAVOURS FOR THE SALVATION OF HER CONSORT, KING EDWIN.

The same pope also wrote to King Edwin's consort, Ethelburga, to this effect:— The copy of the letter of the most blessed and apostolic Boniface, pope of the city of Rome, to Ethelburga, King Edwin's queen.

"To the illustrious lady his daughter, Queen Ethelburga, Boniface, bishop, servant of the servants of God: The goodness of our Redeemer has with much providence offered the means of salvation to the human race, which he rescued, by the shedding of his precious blood, from the bonds of captivity to the devil; so that making his name known in divers ways to the Gentiles, they might acknowledge their Creator by embracing the mystery of the Christian faith, which thing, the mystical regeneration of your

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