pointed Easter of the whole Catholic Church; yet both the Divine and human power withstanding them, they can in no way prevail as they desire; for though in part they are their own masters, yet elsewhere they are also brought under subjection to the English. Such being the peaceable and calm disposition of the times, many of the Northumbrians, as well of the nobility as private persons, laying aside their weapons, rather incline to dedicate both themselves and their children to the tonsure and monastic vows, than to study martial discipline. What will be the end hereof, the next age will show. This is for the present the state of all Britain; in the year since the coming of the English into Britain about 285, but in the 731st year of the incarnation of our Lord, in whose reign may the earth ever rejoice; may Britain exult in the profession of his faith; and may many islands be glad, and sing praises in honour of his holiness!
A CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF THE FOREGOING HISTORY, AND
OF THE AUTHOR HIMSELF.
I have thought fit briefly to sum up those things which have been related more at large, according to the distinction of times, for the better preserving them in memory.
b. c. 60. In the sixtieth year before the incarnation of our Lord, Caius Julius Cæsar, first of the Romans, invaded Britain, and wias victorious, yet could not gain the kingdom.
A. D. 46. In the year from the incarnation of our Lord, 46, Claudius, second of the Romans, invading Britain, had a great part of the island surrendered to him, and added the islands Orcades to the Roman empire.