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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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B.C. 1055. SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE. adversity, prudent amid dangers, grieving for his own sins, mournful for the deaths of others, prone to repentance, swift to pardon, gentle as a companion, inclined to mercy, inasmuch as he did not injure the king who was his enemy, when he might have done so ; and he did not only save him when he was in his power, but he avenged him after he had been slain. He slew a Hon and a bear without a sword ; he drove away an unclean spirit by the sweetness of his harpplaying, and he slew the giant. Therefore he ended his life in the fiftieth year of his reign and the seventieth of his life, and was buried in his city of Bethlehem, which is called also by another name Ephrata, where also our Lord Jesus Christ was born after the flesh, and where also Rachel died after she had brought forth Benjamin ; where also the tomb of Jesse the father of David is shown. And this town is in the tribe of Judah, six miles from Jerusalem, on the south, in the road to Hebron. CH. II.—Ebrancus founds York—Brutus II.—Leyl. AT the same time that David reigned in Judaea, Membritius, the king of the Britons, died, and Ebrancus his son succeeded to the kingdom, and reigned forty years in it. He was the first king since Brutus, who directed his fleet towards Gaul, and he returned victorious. After that he founded a city on the other side of the Humber, which he called after his own name Caerbranc, that is, the City of Ebrancus. (At that time Sylvius Latinus was reigning in Italy.) He also built the city of Alched towards Scotland, and the town of Mount Agnel, which is now called the Castle of the Maids. He begat twenty sons and thirty daughters, all of whom he sent into Italy to Sylvius Alva, who succeeded Sylvius Latinus in the kingdom, and there they became the wives of the noble Trojan. After him, Brutus, surnamed Green Shield, took the helm of the kingdom and reigned twelve years. He was succeeded by his son Leyl. CH . III.— Solomon builds the temple—Dies—Leyl founds Carlisle—Dies, and is succeeded by Rudhudibras, who founds Canterbury. APTEB the death of King David, in the fourth age of the world, Solomon his son succeeded him, having been anointed


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