195 AN ABSTRACT OF THE HISTORY of ENGLAND, From the Invasion of it by Julius C<*>sar to William the Conqueror.

THE most antient account we have of Britain is, that the island was full of inhabitants, divided into several petty kingdoms, as most nations of the world appear to have been at first. The bodies of the Britons were painted with a sky-coloured blue, Britons. either as an ornament or else for terror to their enemies. In their religion they were Heathens, as all the world was before Christ, Heathens. except the Jews.

Their priests were called Druids: These Druids, lived in hollow trees, and committed not their O2