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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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and at laet he brought up a frog of a terrible appearance, infected with humours, and all stained with blood. And Nero beholding what he had brought forth, abhorred it, and wondered at its being so monstrous a thing. But they said, " that he had brought forth so deformed an offspring, because he was unwilling to wait patiently for the due time of his delivery." And he said, "Was I such as that, when I first quitted the hidingplace of my mother?" And they said, " Yes." Therefore he ordered that this offspring of his should be bred up, and should be shut up in a vault of stone, and kept so. So the physicians going to Rome, found the frog lying hid in a vault, and threw it out of the city and burnt it. And from this circumstance, as some people affirm, that part of the city where the frog lay bid, received the name of Lateran, from the frog lying hid (a latente rana). Nero, too, as it is related in the Chronicles, married a man as his wife. A.D. 61. Statiue Suesullius, of Toulouse, in Gaul, taught rhetoric, a man perfect in every branch of knowledge relating to that art. A.D. 62. James, the brother of the Lord, who was called the Just, and was the Bishop of Jerusalem, was stoned hy the Jews, and had his brains dashed out with a fuller's pole ; in whose place Simeon the Second is made bishop. A.D. 63. Mary Magdalene departed to the Lord ; she who washed the feet of the Saviour with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. A.D. 64. Floras succeeded Albinus as procurator of Judaea; and as the Jews could not endure his luxury and avarice, and all his other wickednesses, they began to rebel against the Romans. And Vespasian was sent by Nero to put them down, with his son Titus ; and they took many cities of Judaea, and utterly destroyed them. A.D. 65. Persius the poet died. Lucretius was put to death by Nero, and he also deprived of his life his own preceptor Lucan, whom he caused to be bled to death in a bath, because in his youth he had flogged him, saying that he could not bear the sight of him. A.D. 66. Simon Magus came to Rome, and by his magic arts caused the people to go mad, to such a degree, that by some he was adored as a god. But the Almighty Lord, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles, discovered his vanities


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