Linus, Claudia and Pudens
JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA built the first Christian Church in the world at Avalon, or Glastonbury, between A.D. 35 and A.D. 38. He was the brother of the father of the virgin MARY. The daughter of JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA was ANNA. She was therefore a cousin to the virgin MARY. ANNA married a prince of Britain, by whom from her was descended KING ARTHUR. Her daughter married LEAR of Troy from Judah. Their son was BRAN, surnamed the Blessed, father of the celebrated CARADOC, or CARACTACUS taken captive to Rome. His children were LINUS, Bishop of Rome, and CLAUDIA, who married the Roman officer PUDENS, whose children were the first saints at the Christian Church at Rome.
Jacob when he blessed Ephraim and Manasseh with his hands in the shape of a CROSS may have been implying that real blessings are the result of Christ's sacrifice and the freedom of Bible study found in Anglo-Saxon countries. Gildas, the earliest British historian, says that between A.D. 38 and 61 the Sun of Righteousness arose on these islands. Cardinal Baronius A.D. 35, says JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA, with twelve companions, came into Britain, and having preached the gospel there, died. In the Coming of the Saints by Taylor, 1906, the wanderings of JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA are traced from Palestine to Marseilles through Gaul, where he leaves disciples at each stopping place, and finally settles at Glastonbury, this last place being the only one which records his death. The "Chronicles of Eri" say JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA founded in Britain a race of kings. He was of the tribe of Judah and a companion of PAUL. It is interesting to notice that the English Church has purchased Glastonbury for 30,000 pounds and presented it to the nation 1908-9. The Councils of Pisa (1417), Constance (1419), Sena (1423), Basle (1431) all affirmed that Britain owed its Christianity to JOSEPH of ARIMATHEA.
Was Constantine British?
Constantine the Great (A.D.265-336) was born and educated in BRITAIN (Baronius, ad ann. 306; Sozomen, Eccl. Hist., lib. i.c.v.). "The man must be mad, who, in the face of universal antiquity, refuses to believe that Constantine and his mother were BRITONS, born in BRITON" (Baronius, 306 A.D.) Archbishop Usher delivers a catalogue of twenty continental authorities affirming the truth of this statement, not one to the contrary. The Panegyrics of the Emperors, the geneology of his own family, as recited by one of his descendants, Constantine Paleologue, native records and traditions, all the circumstances of his career, demonstrate Constantine as a BRITON. Sozomen says, "It is well known the great Constantine received his Christian education in BRITAIN" (Eccl. Hist. lib. 1, c. v.). "Helen was unquestionably a BRITISH princess" writes Melancthon in Epistola, p. 189. "Christ showed to Constantine the BRITON the victory of the cross for his sceptre" declared Pope Urban in his Brief Britannica. "Constantine, born in BRITAIN, of a BRITISH mother, proclaimed emperor in BRITAIN beyond doubt, made his natal soil a participator in his glory" (Polydore Vergil in Historia Britt, p.381).