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5.40. Elidure againe.

Elidure againe.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 ELidurus brother to this Archigallo,Mat. VVeſt. was then again admitted king by conſent of al the Bri|taynes .3700. of the worlde. But his two yonger brethren, Vigenius and Peredurus,Brother a|gaynſt bro|ther. enuying the happie ſtate of this worthie Prince, ſo highly for his vertue and good gouernaunce eſteemed of the Brytaynes, of a grounded malice conſpired a|gaynſt him, and aſſembling an armie, leuied war agaynſt him, and in a pight field tooke him priſo|ner, and put him in the Tower of London,Elidure com|mitted to pri|ſon. there to be kept ſafely as a priſoner, after he had raigned now this laſt time the ſpace of one yeare.

5.41. Vigenius and Peredurus.

Vigenius and Peredurus.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 [figure appears here on page 31] VIgenius & Peridurus,Vigeni|us and Pere|durus. ye yõgeſt ſonns of Morindus, and brethren to Elidurus, be|ganne to raign iointly as kings of Brytayne, in the yeare of the worlde .3703. after the buylding of Rome .485. after the deli|uerance of the Iſraelites .266. complete, and in the xij. yere of Antigonus Gonatas, the ſonne of De|metrius king of the Macedonians.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Theſe two brethren in the Engliſh Chroni|cle are named Higanius, and Petitur, the which (as teſtifieth, Gal. Mon.) deuided the realme be|twixt them,Brytayne de|uided into two realmes. ſo that all the lande from Humber weſtward, fel to Vigenius, or Higanius, the other part beyõd Hũber northward Peridure held. But other affirm, ye Peredurus only raigned & held his brother Elidurus in priſon by his owne conſent, forſomuch as he was not willing to gouerne.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 EEBO page image 32But Gal. Mon. ſayth, that Vigenius dyed after he had raigned .vij. yeares, and then Peredu|rus ſeaſed all the land into his owne rule, and go|uerned it with ſuch ſobrietie and wiſedome, that he was prayſed aboue all his brethren, ſo that E|lidurus was quite forgotten of the Brytaynes. But other write,V [...]rietie in wryte [...]s. that he was a verie tyrant, and vſed himſelfe right cruelly towardes the Lordes of his lande, wherevpon they rebelled and ſlue him. But whether by violent hand, or by natu|rall ſickneſſe, he finally departed this life, after the conſent of moſt wryters, when hee had raigned viij. yeares, leauing no iſſue behinde him to ſuc|ceede in the gouernaunce of the kingdome. Hee buylded the towne of Pykering,Caxton. Eth. Bur. where his bodie was buried.

5.42. Elidurus the thirde time.

Elidurus the thirde time.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 ELidurus then as ſoone as his brother Peridu|rus was dead, for as muche as hee was nexte heyre to the crowne, was deliuered out of pryſon, and now the thirde tyme admitted king of Bry|tayne, who vſed himſelfe (as before) very orderly in miniſtring to all perſons right and iuſtice all the dayes of his life, and laſtly beeing growne to great age dyed, when he had raigned nowe thys thirde tyme, (after moſt concordance of writers) the tearme of foure yeares: and was buryed at Carle [...]ll.He is buried at Carloil.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 HEre is to be noted, that euen from the begin|ning of the Brytiſh kings,The diuerſitie of wryters in the account of yeares. whiche raigned here in this lande, there is great diuerſitie amõgſt wryters, both touching the names, and alſo the tymes of theyr raignes, ſpecially till they come to the death of the laſt mentioned king Elidurus. Inſomuch that Polydor Vergile in his Hyſtorie of Englande,Polidor. finding a manifeſt error (as he ta|keth it) in thoſe wryters whom he followeth tou|ching the account, from the comming of Brute, vnto the ſacking of Rome by Brennus, whome our hyſtories affyrme to be the brother of Beline, that to fill vp the number whiche is wanting in the reckening of the yeares of thoſe Kings which raigned after Brute, tyll the dayes of the ſame Brenne and Beline, he thought good to chaunge the order, leaſt one error ſhould follow an other, and ſo of one error making many, he hath placed thoſe kings whiche after other wryters ſhoulde ſeeme to followe Brenne and Beline, betwixte Dunuallo and Mulmutius, father to the ſayde Beline and Brenne, and thoſe fiue kings whiche ſtroue for the gouernment after the deceaſe of the two brethren, Ferrex, and Porrex, putting Guin|toline to ſucceede after the fiue kings or rulers, and after Guintoline his wife Martia during the minoritie of hir ſonne, then hir ſayde ſonne na|med Sicilius. After him theſe whoſe names fol|low in order, Chimarius, Danius, Moruidius, Corbonianus, Archigallo, who beeing depoſed, Elidurus was made king, and ſo continued till he reſtored the gouernment (as ye haue heard) to Archigallo againe, and after his death Elidurus was eftſoones admitted, and within a while a|gaine depoſed by Vigenius & Peridurus, & after theyr deceaſſes, the thirde time reſtored. Then af|ter his deceaſe, followed ſucceſſiuely Reginus, Morganus, Ennanus, Iduuallo, Rimo, E [...]run|tius, Catellus, Coillus, Porrex the ſecond of that name, Cherinus, Fulgẽtius, Eldalus, Androge|us, Vrianus, and Eliud, after whom ſhould fol|low Dũuallo Molmutius, as in his proper place, if the order of things done, and the courſe of tyme ſhould be obſerued, as Polidore gathereth by the account of yeares attributed to thoſe kings that raigned before and after Dunuallo, according to thoſe Authours whom (as I ſayde) he followeth, if they will that Brennus which led the Gau [...]es to Rome, be the ſame that was ſonne to the ſayd Dunuallo Molmutius, and brother to Beline.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 But ſithe other haue in better order brought out a perfite agreement in the account of yeares and ſucceſſion of thoſe kings, which raigned and gouerned here in this lande before the ſacking of Rome, and alſo another ſuche as it is after the ſame, and before the Romaines had anye perfite knowledge thereof, we haue thought good to fol|low them therein, leauing to euery man his li|bertie to iudge as his knowledge ſhall ſerue him in a thing ſo doubtfull and vncertaine, by reaſon of variaunce amongeſt the auncient wryters in that behalfe.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 And euen as there is great difference in wry|ters ſince Gurguntius, till the death of Elidurus, ſo is there as great or rather greater after his de|ceaſſe, ſpecially till king Lud atteyned the king|dome.Fabian But as may be gathered by that whiche Fabian and other whom he followeth doe wryte, there paſſed aboue .185. yeares, betwixt the laſte yere of Elidurus, and the beginning of king Lud his raigne, in the which time there raigned xxxij. or .xxxiij. kings, as ſome writers haue mẽtioned, whoſe names (as Gal. Mon. hath recorded) are theſe: Regny the ſonne of Gorbolyan or Gorbo|nian, a worthie Prince, both iuſtly and merci|fully gouerned his people. Then Margan the ſonne of Archigallo a noble Prince likewiſe, and guiding his ſubiects in good quiet. Emerian bro|ther to the ſame Margan, but farre vnlike to him in maners, ſo that he was depoſed in the ſixt yere of his raigne. Ydwallo ſonne to Vigenius. Ri|mo the ſonne of Peridurus. Geruntius the ſonne of Elidurus. Then Catell that was buried at Wincheſter. Coill that was buried at Noting|ham. Porrex a vertuous and moſt gentle prince. Cherinus a Drunkerd. Then Fulginius, Eldad, and Androgius: theſe three were ſonnes to Cher|cinus, and raigned ſucceſſiuely one after another. EEBO page image 33 After them a ſonne of Androgeus. [...]anus. Then Eliud, Dedaicus, Clotinius, Gurguntius, Meri [...]nns, Bledius, Cop, Owen, Sicilius, Blegahredus an excellẽt Muſitiã. After him his brother Archema|il. Then Eldol, Red, Rodieck, Samuil, Peniſel, Pir, Capoir. And after him his ſon Gligweill an vpright dealing prince, & a good in [...]ticiarie. After whõ ſucceeded his ſonne Hely, which raigned .lx. yeres, as the foreſaid Gal. Mon. writeth, where o|ther affyrme that he raigned .xl. yeares, & ſ [...]me a|gaine ſay that he raigned but .vij. moneths.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Such diuerſitie is there in writers touching the raignes of theſe kings, and not only for the nũber of yeres which they ſhuld cõtinue in their raignes but alſo in their names: ſo that to ſhew the diuer|ſitie of all the writers, were but to ſmall purpoſe, ſith the doings of the ſame kings were not great by report made thereof by any approued author. But this maye ſuffice to aduertiſe you, that by conferring the yeres attributed to the other kings which raigned before them ſith the comming of Brute, who ſhoulde enter this lande (as by the beſt writers it is gathered) about the yeare before the building of Rome, 367. which was in the yere after the creation of the world .2850. (as is ſayde) with their time there remaineth .182. yeares to bee dealt amongſt theſe .xxxiij. kings, which raigned betwixt the ſaid Elidure and Lud, which Lud al|ſo began his raigne after the building of the citie of Rome (as writers affyrme) about .67 [...]. yeres, & in ye yere of the world 3895. as William Hariſõ hath ſet it downe in the exquiſite Chronologie whiche he hath gathered frõ the creation of Adam, wher|in he ſheweth a large diſcourſe of moſte things worthy remembrance, don ſince the world began, as may appeare hereafter, if euer it come to light, and the hugenes therof & coſt to be beſtowed ther|vpon, do not hinder the printing of the ſame.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 Polidore Vergil changing (as I haue ſhewed) the order of ſucceſſion in the Brytiſhe Kings, in bringing diuerſe of thoſe kings which after other writers followed Beline and Brenne, to preceed them ſo ſucceſſiuely after Beline & Brenne, he re|herſeth thoſe that by his cõiecture did by likelihood ſucceed, as thus. After the deceaſſe of Beline, his ſon Gurguntius, being the ſecond of that name ſucceeded in gouernment of the land, & then theſe in order as they followe: Merianus, Bladanus, Cap [...]us, Oninus, Silius, Bledgabredus, Arche|malus, Eldolus, Rodianus, Redargius, Samu|lius, Peniſellus, Pyrrhus, Caporus, Dinellus, & Hely, who had iſſue, Lud, Caſſibellane, & Neuri|us. But to leaue the diuerſitie of writers to the iudgement of the readers in ſuch vncertaynties where an vndoubted truth may hardly be auon|ched, & more hardly approued, we wil not further ſtand vpon theſe doubts, but proceed with the hy|ſtorie. Mary this is not to be forgottẽ, yt of ye fore|ſaid Hely ye laſt of the ſaid .xxxiij. kings, the Ile of Ely tooke the name, bicauſe that he moſt cõmon|ly did there inhabite, building in the ſame a goodly palace, & making great reparations of the ſ [...]uy [...]es, ditches & cawſies about that Ile, for cõueiance a|way of the water, ye els would ſore haue endoma|ged the countrey. There be that haue mainteined that this Ile ſhould rather take name of the great abundance of Ecles that are found in thoſe wa|ters and fennes wherwith this Ile is enuironed. But Humfrey Llhuid holdeth, that it tooke name of this Brytiſh worde Helig, whiche ſignifieth Willowes, wherewith thoſe fennes abound.

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