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3.3. Brennus marrieth with the duke of A|lobrogs daughter, groweth into great ho|nour, commeth into Britaine with an armie against his brother Beline, their mother re|concileth them, they ioine might & muni|tion and haue great conquests, conflicts betweene the Galles and the Ro|mans, the two brethren take Rome. The third Chapter.

Brennus marrieth with the duke of A|lobrogs daughter, groweth into great ho|nour, commeth into Britaine with an armie against his brother Beline, their mother re|concileth them, they ioine might & muni|tion and haue great conquests, conflicts betweene the Galles and the Ro|mans, the two brethren take Rome. The third Chapter.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _IN the meane time that Beline was thus occupied a|bout the necessarie affaires of his realme and kingdome, his brother Brenne that was fled into Gallia onelie with 12. persons, bicause he was a goodlie gentleman, and sée|med to vnderstand what apperteined to honour, grew shortlie into fauour with Seginus the duke afore mentioned, and declaring vnto him his aduersitie, and the whole circumstance of his mishap, at length was so highlie cherished of the said Seginus, deli|ting in such worthie qualities as he saw in him dai|lie appearing,Brenne mari|eth the duke of Alobrogs daughter. that he gaue to him his daughter in mariage, with condition, that if he died without issue male, then should he inherit his estate & duke dome: and if it happened him to leaue anie heire male be|hind him, then should he yet helpe him to recouer his land and dominion in Britaine, béerest from him by his brother.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 These conditions well and surelie vpon the dukes part by the assent of the nobles of his land concluded, ratified, and assured, the said duke within the space of one yéere after died. And then after a certeine time, being knowne that the duches was not with child, all the lords of that countrie did homage to Brenne, receiuing him as their lord and supreme gouernour, vpon whome he likewise for his part in recompense of their curtesie, bestowed a great portion of his trea|sure.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Shortlie after also,Brenne with an armie re|turneth into Britaine. with their assent he gathered an armie, and with the same eftsoones came ouer into Britaine, to make new warre vpon his brother Be|line. Of whose landing when Beline was informed, he assembled his people, and made himselfe readie to méete him: but as they were at point to haue ioined battell,Brenne and Beline made friends by in|tercession of their mother. by the intercession of their mother that came betwixt them, and demeaned hirselfe in all motherlie order, and most louing maner towards them both, they fell to an agréement, and were made friends or euer they parted asunder.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 After this they repaired to London, and there taking aduice togither with their peeres and coun|cellors, for the good order and quieting of the land, at length they accorded to passe with both their armies into Gallia, to subdue that whole countrie, and so following this determination, they tooke shipping and sailed ouer into Gallia, where beginning the warre with fire and sword, they wrought such mai|steries, that within a short time (as saith Geffrey of Monmouth) they conquered a great part of Gal|lia,They i [...] made Gallia and Italie. Italie, and Germanie, and brought it to their subiection. In the end they tooke Rome by this occa|sion (as writers report) if these be the same that had the leading of those Galles, which in this season did so much hurt in Italie and other parts of the world.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 After they had passed the mountains, & were en|tred into Tuscan,Now Clusi. they besieged the citie of Clusium, the citizens whereof being in great danger, sent to Rome for aid against their enimies. Wherevpon the Romanes, considering with themselues that although they were not in anie league of societie with the Clusians, yet if they were ouercome the danger of the next brunt were like to be theirs:Ambassa|dours sent from Rome. with all spéed they sent ambassadours to intreat betwixt the parties for some peace to be had.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 They [...]hat were sent,Brennus answere. required the capteines of the Galles, in the name of the senat and citizens of Rome, not to molest the friends of the Romans. Wherevnto answere was made by Brennus, that for his part he could be content to haue peace, if it were so that the Clusians would be agréeable that the Galles might haue part of the countrie which they held, being more than they did alreadie well oc|cupie, for otherwise (said he) there could be no peace granted.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The Romane ambassadours being offended with these wordes,The treatie of peace brea|keth off. demanded what the Galles had to doo in Tuscan, by reason of which and other the like ouerthwart wordes, the parties began to kindle in displeasure so farre, that their communication brake off, and so they from treating fell againe to trie the matter by dint of sword.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The Romane ambassadours also to shew of what prowesse the Romans were, contrarie to the law of nations (forbidding such as came in ambassage a|bout anie treatie of peace to take either one part or other) tooke weapon in hand, and ioined themselues with the Clusians, wherewith the Galles were so much displeased, that incontinentlie with one voice, they required to haue the siege raised from Clusium, that they might go to Rome. But Bren|nus thought good first to send messengers thither, to require the deliuerie of such as had broken the law, that punishment might be done on them according|lie as they had deserued. This was done, and know|ledge brought againe, that the ambassadors were not onelie not punished, but also chosen to be tri|bunes for the next yeare.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The Galles then became in such a rage (because they saw there was nothing to be looked for at the hands of the Romans, but warre, iniurious wrongs, and deceitfull traines) that they turned all their force against them,The Galles make to|wards Rome. marching streight towardes Rome, and by the waie destroied all that stood before them. The Romans aduertised thereof, assembled them|selues togither to the number of 40. thousand,The Romans incountring with the Galles are o|uerthrowne. and encountring with Beline and Brenne, neare to the riuer Allia, about 11. miles on this side Rome, were slaine and quite discomfited.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The Galles could scarse beléeue that they had got the victorie with so small resistance: but when they perceiued that the Romans were quite ouerthrowne and that the field was clearelie rid of them, they got togither the spoile, and made towards Rome it selfe, where such feare and terror was striken into the heartes of the people,The Ro|mans in despaire with draw into the capitoll. and all men were in des|paire to defend the citie: and therefore the senate with all the warlike youth of the citizens got them into the capitoll, which they furnished with victuals and all things necessarie for the maintenance of the EEBO page image 18 same against a long siege. The honorable fathers and all the multitude of other people not apt for warres, remained still in the citie, as it were to pe|rish with their countrie if hap so befell.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 In the meane time came the Galles to the citie,The Galles enter into Rome. and entring by the gate Collina, they passed forth the right way vnto the market place, maruelling to sée the houses of the poorer sort to be shut against them, and those of the richer to remaine wide open; where|fore being doubtfull of some deceitfull traines, they were not ouer rash to enter the same; but after they had espied the ancient fathers sit in their chaires ap|parelled in their rich robes, as if they had bin in the sanat,The reuerend aspect of the senators. they reuerenced them as gods, so honora|ble was their port, grauenesse in countenance, and shew of apparell.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 In the meane time it chanced,Marcus Papi|rius. that Marcus Pa|pirius stroke one of the Galles on the head with his staffe, because he presumed to stroke his heard: with which iniurie the Gall being prouoked, slue Papirius (as he sat) with his sword, and therewith the slaugh|ter being begun with one, all the residue of those ancient fatherlie men as they sat in their chaires were slaine and cruellie murthered. After this all the people found in the citie without respect or diffe|rence at all,Rome sacked. were put to the sword, and their houses sacked. And thus was Rome taken by the two bre|thren, Beline and Brenne, 365 yeares after the first building thereof. Besides this, the Galles at|tempted in the night season to haue entred the capi|toll:365 and in déed ordered their enterprise so secretlie,The capitoll defended. that they had atchiued their purpose, if a sort of ganders had not with their crie and noise disclosed them, in wakening the Romans that were asléepe: & so by that meanes were the Galles beaten backe and repelled.

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