FROM this xv. yere of Tiberius un to the firste yere of Adam, in calculacion backewarde be iij. ml yere after Eusebius, whiche make lx. yere of Iubilee, and so after hym the xvj. yere of Tiberius was the begynnenge of lxj. Iubile. But after the lxxti interpretatores, there be v. ml cc. yere and xxv. from Adam un to the fiftene yere of Tiberius. And after men of Hebrewe iiij. ml yere. Wherefore somme men [folio 201b] wille and say the vj. ciliade to begynne in this yere, in that circumcision endede baptyme hade begynnenge. Somme men say that hit begynnethe from the incarnacion of Criste. Page 335, vol.4 Seynte Iohn Baptiste began to preche this tyme and to baptise, and baptisede Criste the viijthe idus of Ianuary on the Sonday of the Epiphanye; whiche turnede water in to wyne that day twelfemonethe. Petrus. Wherefore that daye is callede in olde bookes dies Epiphaniorum, that is to say, the day of mony illustrations distincte by propre names. For thre appariciones were made in that day, but in diuerse yeres. The firste was callede Epiphania, of þis worde epy, that is above, and phanos, that is apperenge, as an apperenge made from above by a sterre. The secunde was callede Theophania, of this worde theos, that is God, and phanos an apparence, as an apperenge made by a dovese. The thridde was callede Beethphania, of this worde beeth, that is an howse, as an apperenge made in a howse by the chaungenge of water in to wyne. ℞. And Page 337, vol.4 after somme men the miracle doen by the v. lofes of brede and ij. fisches was doen in that day, whiche is callede Fagofania, of this worde phagyn, to eyte, and phanos an apperenge, in that the miracle apperede in eitenge. And after Seynte Luke and Seynte Ierom, Criste began the xxxti yere of his age in that*. [Of the miracles of Criste.] yere. But Criste began then the xxxj. yere after Marianus and Crisostom, after the commune chyrche, and after Eusebius*. [How longe Criste prechede.] in his story ecclesiasticalle; and so, after Crisostom, Criste prechede thre yere complete after his baptym, and as moche tyme as was betwene Cristenmasse and the tyme of his passion. Wherefore Criste was brouȝhte in to deserte of a spiritte, in the secunde fery after his baptyme, that he scholde be temptede of the deuelle, where he began the faste of xlti dayes, whiche he endede in the xlti day folowenge, the vj. fery, þe xv. kalendes of Marche, in whiche day he ouercome the deuelle temptenge hym; in whiche day the deuelle supplanted Adam. Page 339, vol.4 Then for a trawthe in the Ester next foloenge he putte byers and sellers owte of þe temple. After that he callede in the same yere his disciples Andrewe, Petyr, Philippe, and Nathanael. After that in the yere foloenge, in the day of thepiphany he turnede water in to wyne. And after Bede, [folio 202a] after that tyme he and his disciples baptised in the Iewery, and Seynte Iohn Baptiste was putte in prison. In the whiche feste Criste did heale a man hauenge the peralisy by xxxviijti yere at the water. After that he ascendede in the same yere un to the mownte, where he did chose xij. apostles whom he sende to preche. Wherefore hit is expresse that the thre euangelistes whiche expressede the actes of Criste from the imprisonenge of Seynte Iohn, lefte allemoste the actes of oon yere of Criste afore þe imprisonemente of Seynte Iohn Baptiste, whom Seynte Iohn theuangeliste dothe towche, as of the turnenge of water in to wyne, of the commenge of Page 341, vol.4 Nichodemus to Ihesu in the nyȝhte, of the puttenge also of byers and sellers from the chyrche. Then Seynte Iohn Baptiste was heded in the ende of the yere of his imprisone|mente. After that Ihesu did the miracle of the v. lofes of brede and ij. fisches. That yere complete Criste suffrede passion on Goode Friday folowenge. Seynte Iohn Baptiste was heded after that he hade bene in streyte kepynge or in prison in this yere. Petrus, capitulo xj o. The xjthe booke of the story ecclesiasticalle expressethe Seynte Iohn Baptiste to be heded at a castelle of Araby callede Macheronta, and his body to be buriede at Sebasten other Samaria. But thei beryede his hedde at Ierusalem nye to the habitacle of Herode, leste that he scholde haue rysen to lyfe ageyne if that his hedde hade be beryede with his body. The Gentiles dispersede his boones, hauenge envy of the miracles doen by hym, in the tymes of Iulianus Apostata, whiche boones were gedrede by theym afterwarde and brente, and the duste and powdre of theyme blawen in to the aier. But when the bones of Seynte Page 343, vol.4 Iohn Baptiste were gedrede, men of Ierusalem were amonge the Gentiles, and gedrede a grete parte of his boones, amonge whom the fynger was with whom he schewede oure Savioure Criste; whiche fynger the blessede virgyn Tecla brouȝte un to Alpes, whiche is seyde to be nowe in the monastery of [folio 202b] Seynte Mauricius. But the other boones were sende to At|tanasius, the byschoppe Alexandryne. Seynte Iohn Baptiste schewede his hedde by reuelacion to ij. monkes of the este partes of the worlde, whiche come to Ierusalem for grete deuotion in the tyme of Marcianus themperour. Whiche loste by symplenesse of theyme, was hidde in a place of Fenicea un tille that Seynte Iohn schewede his hedde ageyne by reue|lacion un to Marcellus thabbotte dwellenge nye to hit. From Page 345, vol.4 whiche tyme the feste of the decollacion of Seynte Iohn was halowede, and began firste in that cite in the same day that his hedde was taken up from the erthe. Somme men say that feste is not of the decollacion of Seynte,*. [Sic.] but of the gedrenge of his boones made afore and also brente. At the laste that precious relike the hedde of Seynte Iohn Baptiste was brouȝhte to Constantinople by Theodosius themperour, and after that in to Fraunce in to the cite Ambianense, schewede þer to pilgremes.