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H IS TO RY

OF THE

CHURCH OF CHRIST.

VOLUME THE THIRD.

CONTAINING

THE SIXTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH,
TENTH, ELEVENTH, AND TWELFTH,

CENTURIES.

TO WHICH IS ADDED,
THE HISTORY OF THE WALDENSES TO

THE REFORMATION.

By The Rev. JOSEPH MILNER, M.A.

MASTER OF THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN KINGSTON

UPON HULL.

CAMBRIDGE,

*PRINTED BY JOHN BURGES PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY;

AND SOLD BY C. DILLY, IN THE POULTRY, ANDJ. MATTHEWS,
IN THE STRAND, LONDON; J. DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE;
W. TESSEYMAN AND J.TODD, YORK; T. BROWNE AND
R. MILSON, HULL; J. BINNS, LEEDS; J, COTTLE,,,

BRISTOL; AND S. HAZARD, BATH.

MDCCXCVII.

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F the real Church-Historian find it a difficult task, to extract a connected View of his

peculiar subject from the Ecclesiastical materials of the fourth and fifth Centuries, that difficulty is multiplied a hundred fold, while he labours through the long and gloomy period, which in the present Volume engages his attention.

Impreffed, however, with the certain truth of the declaration made by the divine Author of Christianity, " that the gates of hell shall never prevail against his Church,” I have endeavoured all along to discover her actual existence. How far I have succeeded, the Reader must determine for himself. If the fundamental 'doctrines of the Gospel have not been exhibited, both as professed in various parts of the world, and as productive of those fruits of holiness, which are peculiarly Christian, my aim has been miffed, and the grand design of the whole narration has failed. But I hope the Scriptural Reader will see the lineaments of the Church pervading these dark Centuries; provided he diveft himself of all partial regards for fects and denominations, ages and countries, and attend exclusively to the marks and evidences of genuine Christianity. This is the right frame of {pirit, which the subject before us requires; and it is what I have steadily endeavoured to preserve.

Tros Rutulufve fuat, nullo discrimine habebo. In the former part of the Volume, Gregory I. of Rome, and the English Christians, will be

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