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5.17. Baldud the .9. Ruler.

Baldud the .9. Ruler.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 [figure appears here on page 19] Bladud [...]r Bal| [...]ud.BAldud the ſonne of Lud Hudibras, begã to rule ouer the Bri|taynes in the yere of the world .3085. [...]al. Mon. [...]he King was [...]med. This man was well ſeene in ye ſci|ences of Aſtronomy, and Nigromancy, by which (as the common reporte ſaith) he made the whote bathes in the Citie of Caerbran now called Bath. [...]ote bathes. But William of Malmeſbery is of a contrary opinion, affirming that Iulius Ceſar made thoſe bathes, or rather repayred them when he was here in Englande: which is not like to be true: for Iulius Ceſar, as by good coniecture we haue to thinke, neuer came ſo farre within the land that way forthe. Both of theſe bathes more ſhall be ſayd in the deſcripti|on. But to proceede. [...]a. VVest. This Baldud tooke ſuche pleaſure in artificiall practiſes and magike, that he taught this arte throughout all his Realme. And to ſhew his cunning in other poynts, vppon a preſumptuous pleaſure which he had therein, he tooke vpon him to flie in the ayre, but he fell vpon the temple of Apollo,The prince did [...]ye. which ſtoode in the Citie of Troynouant, and there was torne in peeces af|ter he had ruled the Britaynes by the ſpace of .xx. yeeres.

5.18. Leir the .10. Ruler.

Leir the .10. Ruler.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 [figure appears here on page 19] LEir the ſon of Baldud, was admitted Ruler ouer the Britaynes,Leir. Mat. VVest. in the yeere of the world .3105. at what time Io|as raigned as yet in Iuda.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 This Leir was a Prince of righte noble demeanor, gouer|ning his land and ſubiects in great wealth.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 Mat. VVest. Leyceſter is builded.Hee made the towne of Caerleir nowe called Leiceſter, which ſtandeth vpon ye Riuer of Sore. It is writtẽ that he had by his wife three daugh|ters without other iſſue, whoſe names were Go|norilla, R [...]gan, and C [...]rdilla, whiche daughters he greatly loued, but ſpecially the yongeſt Cor|deilla farre aboue the two elder.Gal. Mo [...]. When this [...] therefore was come to great yeeres, and beganne to [...] through age, he thought to vn|derſtand the affections of his daughters towards him, and preferre hir whome hee beſt loued,A trial of loue. to the ſucceſſion ouer the kingdome [...] therefore hee firſte aſked Gonorilla the eldeſt, howe well ſhee loued him: the which calling hir Gods to record, prote|ſted, that ſhe loued him more than hir owne life, which by righte and reaſon ſhoulde be moſt deere vnto hir. With whiche anſwer the father [...]yng well pleaſed, turned to the ſecond, and demanded of hir how well ſhe loued him whiche anſwered (confirming hir ſaying [...] with greate othes) that ſhe loued him more than t [...]ng could expreſſe, and farre aboue all other creatures of the world. Thẽ called he his yongeſt daughter Cordeilla before him, and aſked of hir what accompt ſhe made of him:The anſwere of the yongeſt daughter. vnto whome ſhe made this anſwer as follo|weth: Knowing the great loue and fatherly zeale that towards me you haue always borne, (for the whiche I may not anſwere you otherwiſe than I thinke, and as my cõſcience leadeth me) I pro|teſt vnto you, that I haue loued you euer, and ſhall continually while I liue, loue you as my naturall father, and if you woulde more vnder|ſtand of the loue that I beare you, aſſertayn your ſelfe, that ſo much as you haue, ſo muche you are worth, and ſo much I loue you, and no more. The father being nothing content with this an|ſwere, married his two eldeſt daughters,

The two el|deſt daugh|ters are mar|ried.

The Realme is promiſed to his two daughters.

the one vnto the Duke of Cornewale named Henninus, and the other vnto the Duke of Albania, called Maglanus and betwixt them after his death, hee willed and ordeyned that his land ſhould be deui|ded, and the one halfe thereof immediately ſhould be aſſigned to them in hande: but for the thirde daughter Cordeilla, he reſerued nothing.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Yet it fortuned, that one of the Princes of Gallia (which now is called France) whoſe name was Aganippus, hearing of the beautie, woman|hoode, and good conditions of the ſayd Cordeilla, deſired to haue hir in marriage, and ſente ouer to hir father, requiring that he myghte haue hir to wife: to whome aunſwere was made, that hee mighte haue hys daughter, but for any dower hee coulde haue none, for all was promiſed and aſ|ſured to hir other ſiſters already.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 3 4 5 Aganippus notwithſtanding this aunſwere of denyall to receyue any thyng by way of do|wer with Cordeilla, toke hir to wife, only moued thereto (I ſaye) for reſpecte of hir perſon and amiable vertues.He gouerned the third parte of Gallia as Gal. Mon. hath Thys Aganippus was one of the twelue Kyngs that ruled Gallia EEBO page image 20 in thoſe dayes, as in the Brittiſh hiſtorie it is re|corded. But to proceede, after that Leir was fal|len into age, the two Dukes that had married his two eldeſt daughters, thinking long ere the go|uernemente of the land did come to their handes, aroſe againſt him in armour, & reſt from him the gouernance of the land, vpõ conditions to be cõ|tinued for tearme of life: by ye whiche he was put to his portion, that is, to liue after a rate aſſigned to him for the maintenance of his eſtate, whyche in proces of time was diminiſhed as well by Magbanus, as by Henninus. But the greateſt griefe that Leir toke, was to ſee the vnkindneſſe of his daughters, which ſeemed to thinke that all was too much which their father hadde, the ſame being neuer ſo little: in ſo muche, that going from ye one to ye other, he was brought to that miſerie, that vnneth would they allow him one ſeruaunt to waite vpon him. In the end ſuch was the vn|kindneſſe, or (as I may ſaye) the vnnaturalneſſe which he founde in his two daughters, notwith|ſtanding their faire & pleaſante wordes vttered in time paſt, that being conſtreyned of neceſſitie, he fled ye land, & ſayled into Gallia, there to ſeke ſome comfort of his yõgeſt daughter Cordeilla whom before time he hated. The Lady Cordeill hearing yt he was arriued in pore eſtate, ſhe firſt ſẽt to him priuily a certayne ſumme of money to apparrell himſelfe withal, & to reteyne a certayn number of ſeruants that mighte attende vpon him in hono|rable wiſe, as apperteyned to the eſtate whiche he had borne: and then ſo accompanyed, ſhe appoin|ted him to come to ye Court, which he did, & was ſo ioyfully, honorably, and louingly receiued, both by his ſon in law Aganippus, & alſo by his daugh+ter Cordeilla, that his hart was greatly comfor|ted: For he was no leſſe honored, than if he hadde bin king of ye whole countrey himſelfe. Alſo after yt he had enformed his ſon in law & his daughter in what ſort he had bin vſed by his other daugh|ters, Aganippus cauſed a mightie army to be put in a readineſſe, & likewiſe a greate nauie of Ships to bee rigged, to paſſe ouer into Britayne with Leir his father in law, to ſee him againe reſtored to his kingdome. It was accorded, that Cordeil|la ſhould alſo goe with him to take poſſeſſion of ye land yt whche he promiſed to leaue vnto hir, as hir rightfull inheritour after his deceſſe, notwith|ſtanding any former graunte made to hir ſiſters or to their huſbãds in any manner of wiſe. Here|vpõ, whẽ this army & nauie of Ships wer ready, Leir & his daughter Cordeilla wt hir huſbãd toke ye ſea, & arriuing in Britaine, fought wt their eni|mies, and diſcomfited them in battaile, in ye whi|che Maglanus & Henninus were ſlaine: and then was Leir reſtored to his kingdome, which he ru|led after this by the ſpace of two yeeres, and then died, fortie yeres after he firſt began to raigne. His body was buried at Leyceſter in a vault vnder ye channel of the Riuer of Sore beneath the towne. [...]

5.19. Cordeilla Queene.

Cordeilla Queene.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 [figure appears here on page 20] COrdeil|la ye yõ|geſt daugh|ter of Leir,Cor [...]+la. was admit|ted for Q. & ſupreme go|uernoure of Britayne, in the yeere of ye World .355. before the building of Rome .54. Vzias then raigning in Iuda, & Ieroboã ouer Iſraell. This Cordeilla after hir fathers deſeaſe ruled the lãd of Britayne right worthily during the ſpace of fiue yeres, in which meane time hir huſband died, and then about ye end of thoſe fiue yeres, hir two Ne|phewes Margan and Cunedagius ſonnes to hir aforeſaide ſiſters, diſdeigning to be vnder the go|uernement of a woman, leuied warre againſt hir, and deſtroyed a great part of the land, and finally tooke hir priſoner, and leyd hir faſt in ward, wher|with ſhee tooke ſuche griefe, beeing a woman of a manly courage, and deſpayring to recouer liber|tie, there ſhe ſlew hirſelfe whẽ ſhe had raigned as [figure appears here on page 20] before is mencioned the tearme of fiue yeeres.

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