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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.

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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.
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BOOK IV. THE FOURTH AGE OF THE WORLD. B.C. 1055—606. EBRANCU8 FOUNDS YORK—SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE— THE DIVISION OF THE JEWISH TBIBES—ELIJAH—BLADUD, KING OF ΒΒΙΤΑΓΝ, IS CONTEMPO BABY OF ELIJAH—SHISHAK PLUNDEBS JERUSALEM—SABDANAPALUS—END OF THE KINGDOM OF ASSYBIA—HISTOBY OF KING LEA Β — BOME IS FOUNDED BY BOMULUS AND BEMUS—THE OLD KINGS OF ITALY, JANUS, SATUBN, JUPITEB—E ABLY HISTOBY OF ALBA AND BOME—-KINGS OF BOME AFTEB BOMULUS—CONSTANTINOPLE IS FOUNDED ΓΝ THE TIME OF TULLUS HOBTILIUS— STORY OF LUCRETIA—NEHEMIAH IS A CONTEMPOBABY OF SPURIU8 GASSIUS—STOBY OF ESTHER—BEGULUS—LIST OF THE JEWISH KINGS—THE PROPHECY OF THE SIBYLS—THE JEWS ABE CARRIED OFF TO BABYLON. CH . I.—Of the reign of David—Saufs visit to him—The rebellion of Absalom—His death and character, DAVID, as it has been already said, though the youngest of his brethren, was elected king by the Lord, and anointed by Samuel in Bethlehem, as a token of his being king. After that, he reigned in Hebron over the tribe of Judah seven years and six months ; and thirdly, he reigned over the whole of Israel thirty-three years. After the death of Goliah he soothed the mind of Saul, by playing on the harp ; he gained the affections of Jonathan, and became the king's son-in-law. But the king conceived envy against him because of the praises which the virgins bestowed on him ; David, however, frustrated his designs against him, and brought him a hundred foreskins ; and avoided a blow from a lance which Saul aimed at him while he was playing the harp ; and also he escaped from the treacherous attack of his guards by the device of Michol, who


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