Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden maonachi Cestrensis; together with the English translations of John Trevisa and of an unknown writer of the fifteenth century.
Higden, Ranulf, d. 1364., Trevisa, John, tr. d. 1402., Caxton, William, ca. 1422-1491., Malverne, John, d 1415?, Babington, Churchill, ed. 1821-1889,, Lumby, J. Rawson ed. (Joseph Rawson), 1831-1895.
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Capitulum quintumdecimum.

IOSUE, the minister of Moyses, rewlede the peple of Israel, after Iosephus, xxvjti yere; neuertheles Scripture expressethe not the yeres. Whiche ledenge the peple þro the water of Iordan, in the firste yere of his gouernayle, vn to the londe y-promysede, offrede Ester, and renewede circumcision, refusede by xlti yere; and then the noryschenge that was ȝiffen of God to theyme failede, after xlti yere. Petrus. That yere was the yere of iubile, after Eusebius in his cronicle, and hit was the firste lti yere amonge other yeres, as if ij. ml. yere vc. and lti hade bene from the begyn|nenge of the worlde, alle the yeres of the iubile acomp|tede by lti yere: but after the lxxti interpretatores, there were mony moo yeres from the begynnenge of þe worlde vn to that tyme. Bede, folowenge the trawthe and the trewe acompte of men of Hebrewe, provethe vij. yere to faile from the nowmbre rehersede. Erichthonius*. [Erutonius, Harl. MS., twice.] the iiijthe kynge of men of Athenes, in the firste yere of Iosue, Page  341, vol.2 ordeinede firste a carte with iiij. wheles in Grece; neuerthe|lesse thei were afore in other places. Augustinus, libro decimo octavo. The seide Erichthonius ordeynede plaies to Apollo and to Minerua. In whiche tyme Busiris, the tyraunte and kynge of Egipte, exercisede cruellenesse, for he offrede men to his goddes, whom men say to haue bene the son of Neptunus of Libya the doȝhter of Epaphus. Iosue distribute to the peple of Iewes the londe of Pales|tines. In whiche tyme Fenix and Cadmus brether, goenge from Egipte to Syria, reignede at Tyrus and Sidon. Iu|piter kynge of Creta toke a weye Europa the doȝhter of Agenor kynge of Libya, whom Asterius kynge of men of Creta did wedde. Iupiter gate of Europa, whom he toke aweye, Radamanthus, Sarpedon, and Minos,*. [Minois, MS.; Minoys, Harl. MS.] whiche reignede after hym in Creta. ℞. Neuertheles Marianus rehersethe, libro io. capitulo vjco xo, that Asterius gate those iij. childer of Europa. Isidorus, libro quarto decimo. Agenor kynge of Libya gate thre sonnes, Cilix,*. [Silix, Harl. MS.] Fenix and Cadmus, and oon doȝter, Europa by name. But when Iupiter hade taken Page  343, vol.2 here awey, he putte her in a schippe in whom he hade a bulle depicte, wherefore poetes feyne Iupiter to be trans|mutate in to the similitude of a bulle. Wherefore Agenor commaundede his thre sonnes that thei scholde inquire for theire sustyr, and not to comme to hym in eny wyse with owte here. Whiche childer not fyndenge here and dred|enge the wrathe of theire fader, Cilix returnede to Cilicia, namenge that cuntre after his awne name, and Fenix to Fenicea, and Cadmus to the londe of Grece, where he de|sirede exile; whiche folowenge the stappes of an oxe made a place, namenge hit Boetia, where he made Thebas after|warde. ℞. Beholde more of this mater afore, libro jo, capi|tulo 22o, Boetia. Augustinus, libro decimo octavo. Iupiter reigned that tyme in the yle called Creta, Saturnus his fader expulsede to Ytaly. Henricus. Whiche beenge wyckede and bellicose gate the londe of Grece by con|queste; wherefore he was callede of men of Grece, that be and were the greteste lyers, a god, after his death, and namede as godde of alle goddes for the magnitude of his power. Alexander in Mythologia. The trewe story hathe Page  345, vol.2 Saturnus to the fader, and Iupiter to the son, and to haue hade realmes contiguate in Creta; but at the laste a batelle movede betwene theyme for certeyn londe, Iupiter hade the victory, and Saturnus fleenge wente to Ytaly, whiche was receyvede of Ianus, reignenge there in to parte of thempyre, for the vse of vynes and off tillenge of londe, that he brouȝhte in to Ytaly, where he was callede Saturnus, for the plentuousenesse that he brouȝhte in to that cuntre. Eutropius. This Saturnus fleenge Iu|piter his son lay priuely in a parte of Tuscia not ferre from Rome, whiche place he callede Saturnia, after his name, where he tauȝhte rude peple to edifye, to tylle feldes, and to sette vynes, whiche peple lyffede afore with akornes, and inhabite places made with bowȝes of trees. Also he institute penyes of brasse, wherefore he was trowede to haue bene a godde of the rusticalle peple. ℞. And thauȝhe poetes feyne Iupiter to haue geldede Saturnus leste that he scholde gette eny childer to his supplantacion, neuerthe|less the story of the Romanes seithe that Saturnus gate Page  347, vol.2 Picus in Italy. Alexander in Mythologia. Other myȝhty tyrrauntes trowblenge peace were abowte to expelle Iupiter, whom he ouercome, wherefore hit is feynede of poetes Iupiter to haue sleyn diuerse gigantes. Petrus. Iosue afore that he diede schedde water in to the erthe, in to a signe of luffe begunne betwene God and the peple, that the peple hade chosen a trewe Godde. But the gentiles vsede to caste downe the bloode of a sowe in to a signe of luffe. Hugutio, capitulo Fedus. Fedus is callede so of a fowle swyne sleyne þer, as if hit scholde be seide, his bloode be schedde in lyke wyse that dothe violate and breke this bonde of luffe. Petrus, capitulo decimo sexto. But men of Hebrewe schedde water in to a signe, for like as water is schedde holly with owte eny signe or stappe apperenge afterwarde, soe in lyke wise the breker of that bonde scholde peresche with alle his progeny. Also olde men were wonte to electe thynges durable in to the signe of luffe, as stones and beryelles, that men succedenge myȝhte remembre the seide token of luffe.