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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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the stream of the Tiber, and by way of derision took him to Vigenna, and threw him into the Rhone. For it is called Vigenna, as if it were Via Gehennas (the way to hell), because it was then the place of a curse. But the wicked spirits were there also, doing the same things in that place. Therefore, these men, not being able to bear being infested with daemons to such a degree, removed that vessel of cursing from them, and sent it to be buried in the territory of the city of Lausanne. The men of Lausanne, as they were also greatly afflicted in consequence by such hostilities as I have already described, removed it from themselves, and threw it down a well, which was surrounded on all sides by mountains, where even to this day, according to some accounts, some diabolical machinations are seen to be boiling over. In the scholastic histories it is said that Pilate was accused before Tiberius of the violent murder of the Innocents, and because too, in spite of the outcries of the Jews, he had placed images of the Gentile gods in the temple, and because he had appropriated to his own purposes money which had been laid up for Corban, and with it had made an aqueduct leading to his own house ; and that for all these things he was exiled to Lyons, where he was born ; in order that he might die to the disgrace of his nation. CH. III.— FROM A.D. 39 το A.D. 117. Herod is deprived of his kingdom—Caligula—Claudius—St. Peter is made Pope—St. Mark—Guiderius and Arviragus, kings of Britain—Famine at Rome—Nero—Festus—St. James—Mary Magdalene—Simon Magus—Nero sets fire to Rome—Galba—Otho—Vitellius—Vespasian persecutes the Jews—Titus takes Jerusalem—John—Simon—Linus succeeds Peter as Pope—Arviragus dies— The Picts under Roderic arrive in Britain—The Scots—Inacus, king of Britain—Domitian—St. John is banished to Patino»—Quinctilian—Clement is Pope—Trajan's reign, victories, persecutions of the Christians, and death. A.D. 39. The emperor stripped Herod of his kingdom, and condemned him with the adulterous Herodias to eternal exile ; the damsel who danced was swallowed up alive by the earth. A.D. 40. Caesar ordered the temple which was at Jerusalem to be profaned by the sacrifices of the Gentiles, and placed a


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