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The Sixth Age

Clementine sent to them Palladius, and ordained him as their bishop, in the 8th year of Theodosius. The Roman army having finally retired from Britain, Invasion of the Picts and Scots. the Picts and Socts return and occupy the whole of the northern part of the island as far as the wall, and straightway having slain, taken, or routed its defenders, and broken through the wall itself, the cruel ravagers roam at large within it. The Britons apply in vain to Ætius for succor The Britons[1] address a most sorrowful letter to Ætius the Roman general, now for the third time consul in the 23rd year of Theodosius, but fail of obtaining help. Meanwhile the fugitives were visited with famine, on which some submitted to the enemy, others maintained a desperate resistance from their forests and mountain fortresses, and made great slaughter of the enemy. The Picts Permenantly occupy the northern part of Britan The Scots return home, to come back again ere long : the Picts keep possession of the north part of the island, and thenceforth permanently occupy it. The aforesaid famine was followed by an abundance of the fruits of the earth, abundance produced luxury and supineness;The plague in England a dreadful pestilence ensued, and ere long a still more terrible plague in the arrival of new enemies, the Angles. The Britons in council with Vortigern[2] their king,The first arrival of the Saxons
[A.D. 449]
invited by Vortigern
had unanimously invited them over to defend their country, Invited by but soon found them to be their most strenuous assailants. Xistus, bishop of Rome, consecrated the church of St. Mary the mother of the Lord, which was formerly called the Temple of Liberty. Eudoxia, wife of Theodosius, returning from Jerusalem, brought with her the relics of the most blessed Stephen the first martyr, which were with all veneration deposited in the church of St. Laurence.Attilla and Blaedella Blaedla and Attila, brothers, and kings many nations, devastated Illyricum and Thrace.

  1. See Bede's Ecclesiastical History, Book I. Chap. XIII.
  2. Ibid. Book I. Chap. XV.