Capitulum tricesimum quartum.
EZECHIAS the xiiijthe kynge of Iuda began to reigne, whiche reignede xxix. yere. In the secunde and thridde yeres of [folio 120b] whom the cites Siracusana and Catina were edifiede in Sicille. The kynge of Babilon honourede this kynge Ezechias with grete ȝiftes, for he herde by report the son to haue returnede at his preyre, and to haue ȝiffen obsequy to the kynge, whom thei worschippede as God. For whiche cause the kynge of Babilon sende messangeres to hym, inquirenge the reason of hit; to whom Ezechias schewede his treasures. Sennacherib other Salmanazar, kynge of Caldes, ouercome Ozee kynge of Israel, and toke Samaria, besegede by iij. yere, and toke þe x. tribus, putte in captiuite, in to the mownte of men of Media, nye to the water of Gozan. Giraldus. Ouer the hilles Caspy, where kynge Alexander Page 71, vol.3 includede tweyne vnclene peple, Gog and Magog, whom Antecriste schalle delyuer when he commethe, and schal brynge theyme furthe; whom the Iewes schalle suppose to be Messias. Petrus. Men suppose that Thobias was cap|tiuate in that thridde captiuite, and to have dwellede with kynge Ozee at Niniuen, whose story was endede vnder Manasses the son of Ezechias other elles in the xxti yere of Iosias. The kynge of Assiria brouȝhte diuerse men of diverse regiones in to Samaria, to kepe the londe of Israel, whiche peple were the enmyes of the Iewes, callede Sama|rites other Samaritanes, as kepers, Chutei or Iacobite sup|plantatores, whiche occupiede theire ydoles. Romulus dedde, after he hade reignede xxix. yere, the senate rewlede th'empire by a certeyn season. Numa Pompilius began to reigne amonge the Romanes and reignede xliiij yere. This Page 73, vol.3 man vsede not batelles with other peple. Hugucio, capitulo Ianus. The Romanes began the yere after men of Hebrewe vn to the tymes of this Pompilius, whiche addede Ianuare and Februare to the begynnenge of the yere, for thei began the yere afore at Marche. And so the yere stode as in|correcte from that tyme vn to the tymes of Iulius Cesar. Eutropius. This Numa ordeinede the bischopes, wicches, and ydoles to be honourede, whiche thynge Numa seide he [folio 121a] was commaundede of a nowble godesse to fullefille; whiche edifiede the capitoly, ordeynenge firste a penny amonge his peple, callenge hit Numus after his name. Isidorus, libro 16o, capitulo 7o. This worde, pecunia, whiche is callede Page 75, vol.3 money, is seide of þis worde, pecus, for a beste, in that money was assignede firste of the skynnes of bestes. Saturnus then ordeynede theyme of brasse, and this Numa ordeinede theyme of siluyr, and did write in hit his name. Numus, whiche is callede a peny, was made of Numa.