Hilary of Poitiers, Conflicts of Conscience and Law in the Fourth-century Church: "Against Valens and Ursacius", the Extant Fragments, Together with His "Letter to the Emperor Constantius"

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Two texts are presented in English translation here. The first is what remains of a historical work Hilary wrote against two distinguished contemporary bishops, Valens and Ursacius, whose intervention on behalf of the Emperor Constantius Hilary thought disastrous. They throw a flood of light upon scenes of disarray, violence and betrayal in the Church life of the fourth century.

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A summary of Hilarys Letter to the Emperor Constantius
Letter to the Emperor Constantius
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About the author (1997)

Lionel Wickham (born 1932) has divided his working life between parish priesthood, mostly in Yorkshire, and university teaching. His last academic post was as University Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge where he taught under the heading of the History and Interpretation of Christian doctrine in the Patristic period.

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