Account of a Tour in Normandy, Volume 2 eBook

Dawson Turner
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[Footnote 37:  Duchesne, Scriptores Normanni, p. 309.]

[Footnote 38:  Gallia Christiana, XI. p. 606.]

[Footnote 39:  From the manner in, which Ducarel speaks of these statues, (Anglo-Norman Antiquities, p. 85.) he leaves it to be understood, that they were in existence in his time; but it is far from certain that this was the case; for the whole of his account of them is no more than a translation from the following passage in Le Brasseur’s Histoire du Comte d’Evreux, p. 11.—­“Le Diocese d’Evreux a ete si favorise des graces de Dieu, qu’on ne voit presqu’aucun temps ou l’Heresie y ait penetre, meme lorsque les Protestans inondoient et corrompoient toute la France, et particulierement la Normandie.  On ne peut pas cependant desavoueer qu’il y a eu de temps en temps, quelques personnes qui se sont livrees a l’erreur; et l’on peut remarquer quatre Statues attachees a deux piliers au dehors du chancel de l’Eglise Cathedrale du cote du Cimetiere, dont trois representent trois Chanoines, la tete couverte de leurs Aumuces selon la coutume de ce temps-la, et une quatrieme qui represente un Chanoine a un pilier plus eloigne, la tete nue, tenant sa main sur le coeur comme un signe de son repentir; parce que la tradition dit, qu’aiant ete atteint et convaincu du crime d’heresie, le Chapitre l’avoit interdit des fonctions de son Benefice; mais qu’aiant ensuite abjure son erreur, le meme Chapitre le retablit dans tous ses droits, honneurs, et privileges:  cependant il fut ordonne qu’en memoire de l’egarement et de la penitence de ce Chanoine, ces Statues demeureroient attachees aux piliers de leur Eglise, lorsqu’elle fut rebatie des deniers de Henry I. Roy d’Angleterre, par les soins d’Audoenus Eveque d’Evreux.”]

[Footnote 40:  This was not the first, nor the only, contest, which was fought by Taurinus with Satan.  Their struggles began at the moment of the saint’s coming to Evreux, and did not even terminate when his life was ended.  But the devil was, by the power of his adversary, brought to such a helpless state, that, though he continued to haunt the city, where the people knew him by the name of Gobelinus, he was unable to injure any one.—­All this is seriously related by Ordericus Vitalis, (p. 555.) from whom I extract the following passage, in illustration of what Evreux was supposed to owe to its first bishop.—­“Grassante secunda persecutione, quae sub Domitiano in Christianos furuit, Dionysius Parisiensis Episcopus Taurinum filiolum suum jam quadragenarium, Praesulem ordinavit; et (vaticinatis pluribus quae passurus erat) Ebroicensibus in nomine Domini direxit.  Viro Dei ad portas civitatis appropinquanti, daemon in tribus figmentis se opposuit:  scilicet in specie ursi, et leonis, et bubali terrere athletam Christi voluit.  Sed ille fortiter, ut inexpugnabilis murus, in fide perstitit, et coeptum iter peregit, hospitiumque in domo Lucii suscepit.  Tertia die, dum Taurinus ibidem populo praedicaret,

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