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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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A.D. 44. CIATJDirS CB088E8 OVEB INTO BBITAIN. 143 statue of Jupiter there, and ordered himself to be worshipped and adored as the Lord of heaven and earth. Then, having become hated by all men, he was slain by his own guards. In his secret repositories were found two documents, in which were contained the names of picked men, who were destined to death. And there was also found there a chest full of all kinds of poisons. But by the command of his successor Claudius, they were all thrown into the sea, where they caused the death of a great many fish. A.D. 41. Claudius, the uncle of Caligula, was raised to the empire, and reigned thirteen years and eight months. At the beginning of his reign, Peter, who had previously governed the church at Antioch, came to Borne, and taught the saving faith to all who believed his faithful words ; and there he held the episcopal chair for twenty-five years, that is to say, till the last year of the reign of Nero. A.D. 42. Mark the Evangelist published first at Aquilia, the Gospel, which he had written at the dictation of Philip, and haying ordained Hermagoras his disciple at that place, he went on to Egypt. A.D. 43. Herod Agrippa desired to oppress some of the Church. And he slew James, the brother of John, with the sword ; and seeing that what had been done in the matter of the death of James pleased the Jews, he apprehended Peter the Apostle, and threw him into prison. But the angel of the Lord released him from prison and caused him to depart in safety. A.D. 44. Tiberius Claudius, having crossed over into Britain, which no one had ever dared to do before Julius Caesar, and which no one had ventured to attempt since his time, landed in the city of Caerperis, which is now called Porchester. For Guideline, king of the Britons, had disdained to pay the tribute which had now for many years been accustomed to be paid to the Romans. And Claudius, being indignant at this, determined to recover it. But Guiderius, as soon as he had heard of the arrival of Claudius, attacked the army of the Romans, and in a pitched battle compelled the Romans to flee to their ships. And Lselius Hamo, the general of the emperor's army, seeing this, threw away his own arms, and took up British arms, and began to fight as though against his own countrymen. He encourages


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