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137 Dogged in his pursuit of justice for all, he persecuted no one, oppressed no one, condemned no one except, to be sure, those whose own wickedness and persistence in evil had already condemned 3 6 9 12 15 22 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 39 42 45 48 Theodoricus Monachus them. In short, in ruling over mortal men his sole aim was to lead them, insofar as it was in his power, to the glory of everlasting life. This was both manifestly confirmed then by the outcome of events, and is no less amply demonstrated daily by the blessings of almighty God which, we believe, are bestowed for the sake of his merits.

Chapter 9. How at his instance the earl of Orkney became a Christian along with all his people72 3 Now when Óláfr left England he set a straight course for the Orkney islands, and because they are subject to the Norwegian king, he urged Sigurðr jarl, who governed those The Ancient History of the Norwegian Kings 13 islands at that time, to become a Christian. And when he prevaricated and voiced objections, Óláfr pressed him still harder. Sigurðr even vowed that he would submit to him as king, if he would not force him to adopt the Christian faith.

176 Thus Pliny; and this was certainly not unknown to philosophers, for they were aware that earlier there had been a flood and that the present world would end in a conflagration. Lucan, too, no less a philosopher than a poet, says this in addressing The Ancient History of the Norwegian Kings 27 Julius Caesar because he forbade the cremation of the dead in war: If, Caesar, fire should not consume these multitudes now, It will consume them with the earth, and burn them with the waters of the deep; There remains for the world a common funeral pyre, Which will mix stars with mortal bones.

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