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frendes chaunged into ennemies. To be shorte here came in the time, MarginaliaApoca. xx.that the reuelation speaketh of, whan Sathanas, the old serpent, beyng tied vp for a thousand yere, was losed for a certaine space, of þe which space, here in these bokes (by the healpe and supportation of Christ oure Lord) we entend some thing to entreat & speake of, though not of all thinges in generall done in all places, yet that such thinges as be most principal, may come to light, the knowledge wherof shalbe necessary for all our country men to vnderstand.

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Although the church than, as I said, began something to incline before, partly by comming in of Mahomet, partly by comming in of wealth and richesse into the church of Rome: yet the old age of the Church, and Marginaliai. Tim. iiii. ii. Tim. iii. ii. Pet. iii.those latter times (which times the Apostels prophecy of to be so pearylous and daungerous) most of all began at the ful M. yeares and after, at what time Syluester ii. Pope occupied the seat of Rome An. M.

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MarginaliaAn. 1000. Siluester ii. a foule sorcerer.THis Siluester was a Sorcerer, which after the sort of them, that worke by familiers, as they call them, and by coniuration, compacted wyth the deuyl, to be made pope. And so he was through the operacion of Sathan, according to hys request. Which thing, some histories say, he did greatly repent before his death. But for a more ample declaration hereof, I wil bring in the wordes of Ioannes Stella, a Venetian, translated from Laten into English, concerning the said Siluester: to the entent that our inchaunters and sorcerers now a daies, wherof there be to many in England, may the better throughe his example be admonished. MarginaliaIoannes Stella. Platina. Petrus Præmōstratēsis Nauclerus. Antoninus. Robertus Barnus. Ioannes Baleus.The wordes of Stella be these, agreing also with the narration of Benno, Platina, and many other. Syluester the seconde of that name, being Pope, and a frensh man, called Gibertus, sate in his Papacy foure yeares, one moneth and viii. daies. He entred into his papacy, throughe wicked and vnlawfull meanes, who from his youthe, beinge a monke, and leauing his monastery, gaue him self wholy to the deuil, to obtain that which herequired. And first comming to Hispalis a city in Spain, there applied his boke, and profited there in, so muche, that he was made doctor, hauing amongste hys auditours, Ottho the Emperoures sonne, and Robert the frensh king: Lotharius archbishop of Senon, with diuers mo: by whose aduauncement, he was promoted, first bishop of Rheme, afterward bishop of Rauenna, & at last through the operation of sathan, was exalted to the papacy of Rome, vpon this condition, that after his death, he should geue him self to the deuell, by whose procurement, he came to that promotion. Vpon a certain time he demaundid an answer of the deuil, how long he should enioy hisPopedome, to whome he answered again: vntil thou say masse in Ierusalem thou shall liue. At length the fourth yeare of his Popedome, saying masse at Lent time, in the temple of the holy crosse, being called then Ierusalem, there he knew the time was come, whan he should dye. Where vpon beinge stroke with repentaunce, confessed his fault openly before the people, desiring all men to cut his body all in peces, being so seduced by deceites of the deuil, and so beyng hewen in peces, they would lay it vpon a cart, and bury it there, where soeuer the horse would cary it of their owne accord. And so the sayinge is that by the prouidence of God (whereby the wicked may learne yet hope of remissyon wyth God, so that they will repent them in their life) the horse of their own accord staid at the church of Laterane, and there he was buried: where as commonly by the rattelinge of his bones wyth in the tombe, is portended the deathe of Popes, as the commen report goeth. MarginaliaAn admonition for sorcerers, and wicked coniurers.Thus muche of Ioannes Stella, concerninge Syluester. By whome our sorcerers and inchaunters, or Magicians maye learne to beware the deceitfull operacion of Sathan, who, at thend deceiueth & frustrateth all them, that haue to do wyth him: as the end of all such dothe declare commenlye, which vse the like art or trade. The Lorde and God of all mercy, throughe the spirite of Iesus oure redeamer, dissolue the workes of Sathan, and preserue the harts of our Nobles, and of al other English men from such infection. Amen.

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MarginaliaThe feast of all soules brought into the church.After Syluester succeaded Ioannes xviii. by whome was brought in (as Volaterane sayth) the feast of all soules. Anno. M. i.

MarginaliaBenedictus 9. Anno. 1033.And not long after came Benedictus the ninth likewise aspiring to his papacy by like magike, practising inchauntmentes and coniuratyon in woodes, after horrible manner. Who resistyng the Emperour Henricus iii. sonne to Cōradus, and placinge in his rome, Petrus the kynge of Hungary, with this verse. Petra dedit Romam Petro, tibi papa coronam. Afterwarde, for feare of Henricus preuailing in battayle, was fayne to sell his seat to his successor MarginaliaGregorius 5. 6Gratianus, called Gregorius vi. for 1500 poundes. At whyche time were thre Popes together in rome raigning and raging, one againste an other, Bene-nedictus i. Siluester iii. and Gregorius vi. MarginaliaAnno. 1048. A constitutiō no pope to be chosen but by the confirmatiō of the Emperour.For the which cause Henricus surnamed Niger, the Emperour, comminge to Rome displaced these iii. monsters at one tyme, placing for them, Clemens ii. and ther vpon inacting, þt thereshuld no bishop of Rome henceforth be chosen, but by þe consent and confirmation of the Emperoure. Which cōstitutiō though it was both agreable & also necessary for publike trāquility of that city, yet the cardinals wold not so suffer it longe to stād, but did impugne it afterward, by subtell practise & open violence, as in processe (the Lord permitting) shall appeare, in the time of Henri

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