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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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B.C. 1184. THE FALL OF TBOT. 25 That of Amphion, that hy the sweetness of his harp he soothed stones and drew them after him. That of Deedalus, the artist, and his son Icarus, that they new by means of wings which they fitted on. That of Œdipus, that he compelled a certain monster which was called the Sphinx, a quadruped with a' human face, by solving a riddle which she was in the habit of proposing as unanswerable, to perish by a fall from her own precipice. That of Antœus, whom Hercules slew, which relates that he was a son of the earth, and that consequently whenever he fell to the ground he rose up more vigorous. That of Ganymede, a hoy carried, off for lustful objects, a crime which is said to have been committed in reality, not by Jupiter to whom it is ascribed, but by Tantalus the king. Danae too is said to have lain with Jupiter himself, who descended in a shower of gold, by which fable it is implied that the chastity of the woman was corrupted by gold. CH . XVIL—The fall of Troy—tineas arrives in Italy— Ascanius, Sylvius, Brutus. Iir this third age of the world, when Labdon had judged Israel three years, the destruction of Troy took place, four thousand nineteen years having been accomplished since the beginning of the world, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven years since the Deluge, fourteen hundred and three since the birth of Abraham ; eight hundred and thirty-five since the age of Ninus king of the Assyrians. It was also four hundred and four years since the foundation of the city of Alba, and four hundred and six before the first Olympiad.7 And JSneas, the son of Venus and Anchises, escaping from the destruction, came into Italy, in the third year after that destruction. He fought with Turnus, the son of Daunus, king of the Tuscans, and slew him ; and married his betrothed wife Lavinia, daughter of king Latinus. jEneas reigned as king of the Latins three years. And when he died Ascanius succeeded to the kingdom, being the son of JEneas, whom he had born to him in Troy, being the son of his wife Creusa, and whom, when he came into Italy, 1 Our historian probably refers to the institution of the Olympic games by Hercules, not to the Olympiad of Cœbus, from whence chronologists date B.C. 776. The inconsistency of the previous dates it is hardly necessary to point out.

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