Christian Egypt, Past, Present, and Future

Christian Egypt, Past, Present, and Future

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... took a bribe." For nearly twenty wears after the death of John, the Patriarchate of Alexandria was vacant. Among the candidates for the vacancy was David, a native of the Fayoum, who had endeavoured to secure the appointment as Metropolitan of Abyssinia, but had been rejected by John as unworthy. He was a great friend of one of the State Secretaries, and used every endeavour, through his patron, to bribe, threaten, and cajole the Bishops into a promise to consecrate him. Again and again the Sultan's confirmation of David's appointment was aflixed to the deed, but revoked in response to the strenuous opposition of those who resented his candidature. Adel died about 1219 A.D., and was succeeded by Kamil, who shewed kindness to the Church, and especially to the monastic institutions, in every possible way. But by degrees, the persistent intrigues of David, and the abuse of Kamil's clemency towards the monks (hundreds of people assuming the habit in order to escape the Government tax), led him to adopt a different policy towards the Christians. At length, the pertinacity of David prevailed, and in 1235 A.D. he secured his consecration as Patriarch, under the name of CYRIL III. 1 See chap. vii. 1 A tax levied by former Patriarchs on all Christians, to meet the demands of Moslem rulers and the Alexandrian clergy. In the meantime a new Crusade had begun, in 1213 A.D., and in 1218 A.D. an attempt was made, by the siege of Damietta, to conquer Egypt. The camp of Kamil was visited by St. Francis of Assisi, who had joined the Crusaders. His ofier to the Sultan to enter a furnace on condition that, if he escaped unharmed, the Egyptians should embrace Christianity, ' was not accepted. The following year Damietta was...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805151
  • 9781236805157