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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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thrown into prison by them ; where, being overwhelmed with grief, on account of the loss of the kingdom, she slew herself. After this, the young men divided the island between them; that part which is on the other side of the Humber, extending towards Catanesia, fell to Marganus, and the other part, which is on the other side of the river, and looks towards the west, became subject to Cunedagius. At the end of two years, some persons, who were desirous to cause disturbances in the kingdom, came to Marganus, and worked upon his mind, saying, that it was base and shameful for him not to be lord of the whole island, as he was the firstborn. And when he had been excited by these and other arguments, he led an army through the provinces of Cunedagius, and began to lay them waste with fire ; therefore, quarrels sprung up between the kings, and Cunedagius came to meet him with all his forces, and a battle took place, in which he inflicted great slaughter upon Marganus, and put him to flight. Then, as he fled, he pursued him from province to province, and at last slew him, in a village of Cambria, which, after his death, was called by the people of the village Margan, after his name, and retains the appellation to this day. Therefore, Cunedagius having gained the victory, obtained the sovereignty of the whole island, and governed it gloriously for thirty-three years. CH. IX.—Rome is founded by Romulus and Remus—The former Kings of Italy, Janus, Saturn, Picus, Faunus, Lati nus—JEneas, his descendants; Amulius, Numiter—Birth of Romulus and Remus—The institutions of Romulus—The Senate—The Rape of the Sabines—Union of the Romans and Sabines — Death of Remus and of Romulus. ABOUT the same time the celebrated city of Rome was founded by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, the origin of whose kingdom I will proceed to explain in a few words, in such a manner as not to exceed the moderate limits that I have allotted myself. Of a surety, that nation carried its arms so extensively over the world, that they who read thè account of their exploits and power, as it really was, are learning the history not of the nation, but of the whole human race. For virtue and fortune appear to have laboured in unison to build up their empire.


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