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.

Capitulum vicesimum.

THE viij. yere connumerate in whom the peple of Israel seruede the Madianites, Gedeon other Iherobal gouernede the peple of Israel xlti yere. In the thyme of whom, after Iosephus, that cite callede Tirus was made, abowte cc. and xlti yere afore the makenge of the temple of Salo|mon. Petrus. Minos kynge of Creta, son of Iupiter, obteynede that tyme the see, and ȝafe lawe to men of Creta. In whiche tyme Theseus, the son of Egeus, kynge of Athenes, a myȝhty man, whiche ouercome a beste Page  383, vol.2 callede Minotaurus; for whiche acte men of Athenes, whiche were tributaries afore, were delyuerede from that serui|tute. Minotaurus was a myȝhty man, and as a gigante hauenge grete strenȝhte, whiche was the bocheor of kynge Minois, callede Minotaurus, as the bocheor of kynge Mi|nois. Theseus toke awey Helena abowte this tyme, whom Castor and Pollux, breþer to here, broughte ageyne with the moder of Theseus, Theseus fleenge in to other cuntres for helpe. In whiche tyme Dedalus is seide to haue bene, whiche made bryddes of metalle to flye thro spirittes in|clusede in theyme. Also hit is seide that he made simi|lacres movenge theym selfe. Whiche diuidede firste the feete of ymages a sundre, for other men ioynede theyme to gedre. Isidorus, libro nono. This Dedalus hade with hym the son of his doȝhter, Perdix by name, whiche founde firste an instrumente whom men calle a sae. Also this childe founde firste the vse of a compasse, wherefore Dedalus his maister caste hym downe from a towre. Therefore Deda|lus Page  385, vol.2 fleenge with Icarus*. [Ycarus, MSS., and so below.] his son to that yle callede Creta, come afterwarde to Sicilia,*. [Scicilia, MSS.; Scilicia, Harl. MS.] and made a mase þere firste. Petrus. Whom men feyne to haue flyede, for the swifte fliȝhte of hym after that he hade doen that offense. Isi|dorus, libro quintodecimo. A turnenge, other elles a mase, is a thynge made with mony turnenges, and a man en|trenge in to hit with owte a clewe of threde, can not comme furthe from hit ageyne liȝhtely, and also a thundre dothe appere to men openenge the durres of hit. Hugutio, capitulo Labor. To whom men goe downe as by a c. grees, the weies þer be as innumerable by derkenesse, and þer be iiij. suche places in the worlde; oon is in Egipte, an other is in Creta, the thrydde is in the yle callede Lemnus,*. [Lempno, MS. Similarly Harl. MS.] the iiijthe is in Italy; whiche be made soe that thei can not be destroyede vn to the ende of the worlde. Hugutio, capitulo Cilleo. When men of Athenes laborede in þe pestilence for the dethe of Icarus, and of Erigon his doȝhter, and virgynes were compellede as vn to hongenge, hit was answerede to theyme by Apollo Del|phicus Page  387, vol.2 that pestilence to be mitigate if thei wolde inquire the cariones and bodies of Icarus and of Erigon his doȝhter. Whiche inquirede longe cowthe not be founde, men of Athenes schewenge a deuocion to the inquisicion of theyme, as to make inquisicion to fynde in an oþer ele|mente that thei cowthe not fynde in the erthe, houged ropes in the aier, to whom men fixede were seen to move in the aier. And when that men felle downe and were hurte, ymages were made lyke to theyme, and movede þer in the ropes. And men of Latyn calle that play ocillum, whiche worde takethe composicion of this worde cilleo es, that is, to move, and of this worde os oris for a mowthe; for men steryde in that wyse were mouede towarde the mowthes of men.