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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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BOOK V. THE FIFTH AGE OF THE WORLD BEGINS IN THE NINTH TEAK OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KINO OF BABYLON, WHO LIVED AFTER THIS OVERTHROW TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. B.C. 696—4. ACCOUNT OF BABYLON—KINGS OF BABYLON—JERUSALEM IS RESTORED—LIST OF THE KINGS OF BRITAIN—KINGS OF PERSIA—BRENNUS, KING OF ENGLAND, MAKES WAR UPON ROME — ALEXANDER SUBDUES PERSIA—DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM OF ALEXANDER—ANTI0CHU8—PTOLEMY—THE PUNIC WARS—OTHER WARS OF THE ROMANS—THE HIGH PRIESTS OF THE JEWS, ONIAS, JASON, ETC.—WARS OF THE MACCASEES—CASSAR INVADES BRITAIN, IS DEFEATED BY CASSIBELANUS—AUGUSTUS CJESAR —HEROD—JOSEPH IS ESPOUSED BY MARY. CH. I. — Babylon, ita situation, Sçc.—Crcesus—Belshazzar— Cyrus—The rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem—The restoration of Babylon—The successors of Cyrus—Nehemiah. AFTER the destruction of the temple of the Lord, in the manner already spoken of, and the carrying away at the same time of the people of, the Jews to Babylon, they remained there seventy years, at the end of which, Jeremiah had prophesied that the captivity of the Jews would be terminated. During which time there reigned over Persia, after Nebuchadnezzar, four kings, to wit, Evilmerodach, Labosardach, Egesar, and Belehazzar, nor had the* Jews any hope of escaping from Babylon, which at that time was the strongest and richest, and highest of all cities. In its circuit was four hundred and eighty-six furlongs. And it was built in a plain, and in the likeness of a camp, arranged with walls of equal length, so as

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