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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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who reigned nineteen years. He built a fortress for the Alban* amongst the mountains, where Rome how stands ; and being a wicked man, was slain by a thunderbolt, for his wickedness. Aventinus Sylvius succeeded him, and reigned thirtyseven years ; and died and was buried on that mountain, which is now part of the city of Rome, and he left his nam* for ever to the place. Then Procas Sylvius, the soil of Aventinus, took the kingdom, and reigned twenty-three years. About this time, Phedon, the Argile, invented weights and measures. Also, among the Hebrews, Zechariah was king of Judah, and Jeroboam of Israel. The successor of Procas Sylvius was ÀmuHus, his elder son, who reigned forty-three years ; and was succeeded by Numitor, the youngest son of king Procas, who having been driven from the kingdom by his brother, Amulius, lived on bis own estate, fthéa Sylvia, the daughter of Numitor, had been appointed a Vestal Virgin, with the object of preventing her from having any children. And as, in the seventh fe&i bf her uncle's reign, she had twins, she was buried alive in the earth, hi accordance with the law which at that time existed. But Fàustulus, thè shepherd of the royal flock, took the children, who had been exposed near the banks of the river ; and brought them to Alia Laurentia, his wife, a woman who, on account of her beauty, and the rapacity with which she made money of it, was called Lupa (wòlf) by the neighbours. And from her, even down io our own time, the harlouV houses are called Lupanaria. When thè children had grown up, they collected à powerful band of shepherds and banditti, to slay Amulius in Alba, and restore their grandfather, Numitor, to the kingdom. Therefore, the Roman Empire, ihan which none in the whole World can be recollected by human memory, which was either smaller at its beginning, or more mighty in its increase, derived its origin from Romulus, who, being the son of Rhea Sylvia, and, as it was thougnt, of Mars, was born at one birth with his brother Remus. Romulus lived as à bandit among the shepherds, and when he. was eighteen years old, he founded a small city on the Palatine hill, on the tenth of the calends of May (April 21), in the third year of the sixth olympiad, the four hundred and nineteenth after the destruction of Troy, or the four hundred and fourth as Rosius says, and six years before

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