The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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had stood until his time, and that he had seen it when he was a boy. The aforesaid King Redwald was noble by birth, though ignoble in his actions, being the son of Tytili, whose father was Vuffa, from whom the kings of the East Angles are called Vuffings. But Eorpwald was, not long after he had embraced the Christian faith, slain by one Richbercht, a pagan; and from that time the province was under error for three years, till the crown came into the possession of Sigbercht, brother to the same Eorpwald, a most Christian and learned man, who was banished, and went to live in France during his brother's life, and was there admitted to the sacraments of the faith, whereof he made it his business to cause all his province to partake as soon as he came to the throne. His exertions were much promoted by the Bishop Felix, who, coming to Honorius, the archbishop, from Burgundy, where he had been born and ordained, and having told him what he desired, he sent him to preach the word of life to the aforesaid nation of the Angles. Nor were his good wishes in vain; for the pious husbandman reaped therein a large harvest of believers, delivering all that province (according to the signification of his name, Felix) from long iniquity and infelicity, and bringing it to the faith and works of righteousness, and the gifts of everlasting happiness. He had the see of his bishopric appointed him in the city Dommoc, and having presided over the same province with pontifical authority seventeen years, he ended his days there in peace.


CHAPTER XVI.
HOW PAULINUS PREACHED IN THE PROVINCE OF LINDSEY, AND OF
THE REIGN OF EDWIN.

Paulinus also preached the word to the province of Lindsey, which is the first on the south side of the river

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