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The Flight into Egypt

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The late sixth and seventh centuries were times of great trouble and unrest. In 586 the Lombards invaded Italy – the first barbaric horde to arrive with no kind of imperial sanction. In vain the Pope appealed for help to the Emperor. Pope Pelagius II (579–90) sent the deacon Gregory, later Pope Gregory the Great (590–603), to Constantinople with instructions to haunt the palace night and day, but the imperial administration acting for Justin II, who was mad, and later the Emperor Maurice …
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Related print edition pages: pp.146-159

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