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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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the whole world took place; and many signs and wonders preceded their dispersion. For a star in the form of a sword was seen to stand over the city of Jerusalem, and a comet lasted an entire year. At Easter the eastern gate of the temple, which was closed, and which could scarcely be moved by twenty men, opened in the night of its own accord. Chariots and armed bands were in like manner seen to move through the air. At the solemn festival of Easter, one night a light shone in the temple equal to the light of day, for half an hour. An ox which was brought as a victim, brought forth a lamb in the middle of the temple. At Pentecost a voice was heard in the temple, saying, " Let us depart hence, let us depart hence, let us depart hence." Jesus, the son of Ani anus, a man of the common people, kept continually crying out four years before the commencement of the war, " A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds ; a voice in Jerusalem and in the temple, a voice against new husbands and new brides, and against all this people." And even though he was scourged, without cursing or blessing any one, he cried out without ceasing for seven years and five months, " Woe to Jerusalem !" And he never became hoarse, and never ceased crying out. During the siege he stood upon the wall and cried, " Woe to the wicked city! woe to the shrine! woe to the temple !" And when he added, " Woe to myself!" an enormous stone struck and killed him. A.D. 73. Arviragus, the king of the Britons, having fulfilled the days of his life, died, and was buried by Claudius at Chester. Marine, his son, succeeded him in his kingdom, a man of wonderful wisdom and prudence, and who formed such a friendship for the Roman people, that he took care without the least objection to pay the tribute which was required of him. A.D. 74. A Colossus was erected at Rome, which was a hundred and seven feet in height. A.D. 75. Roderic, king of the Picts, coming from Scythia, landed in the northern part of Britain, and began to lay waste that province. But Marius, king of the Britons, attacked him in a hostile manner, and slew him. After that, he grants to the conquered people who had come with Roderic a part of Albany to dwell in, which is called Caithness, a desert district, previously destitute of all inhabitants.

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