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ce'ifary to bridle them : And then better Princes

rook

it

for their Chief .Piety to advance them,

who were all taken for

facred Perfons, Men of-God:

And after the

Saxom

overthrow of the

·Brittains,

the Countrey being Heathens, aad long in Con–

verting, it

rnuil:

needs be that ignorance'

mufi

be

;predominant for a long time: And

the

Cure of

it

was greatly hindered by the continual Wars of

the

Saxon

Kings among tbemfelves, and after

bv.

the

Danijh

Wars and Conquefi.

And under

the

Normans

the Bia1ops

were

:grown fo firong by their dependance on the

Pope,

who was then grown to the heighth of his Ufur–

pation, as that they were almoft

in

continual Con–

tefls with their Kings. The Ignorance of the

En.

gliil1

Clergy was

fo

great that the Kings were put

.to fetch their chief Bifi1ops fi·om other Lands,.

where they had got more learning than was found

at home,and fo had been trained

up

in the heighth

, ·

of

Popery : And even thofe that were the moft

:famous for Learning and fuch Piety as then pre–

vailed, were yet mofi Zealoufly addieted to the

Pope, and learnt of

Rome

to fl:rive for Gran–

,deur.

V/ilfrid

ofYork._who is magnified by

Malmesbury

.and others after

Beda,

was fo zealous to be the

foie Bilbop in that large Northern Countrey,

when the King and the A. 13iiliop of

Canterbttry

faid there was work enough for four, and decreed

a di-vifion, that in relifl:ance of the King and_ the

A. Bifhop he appealed to the Pope, and went di–

vers times himfelf to

Rome,

and once

at

Seventy

years of age,

ratter

than

have his vail Bifhoprick ·

~ividecl.

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And