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Capitulum sextum.

LUCIUS TARQUINIUS the prowde, the vijthe kynge of Rome and the laste, sleynge Seruius Tullius, his fader in lawe, Page  159, vol.3 falsely, reignede xxxv. yere. This Tarquinius ymagynede firste kyndes of tormentes amonge the Romanes, as prisones, cheynes, fetures, whiche ouercome the Vulcones and Ga|biones, and made peace with men of Tuschia. Augustinus, libro secundo, capitulo quarto decimo. At the laste this Tarquinius made a temple to Iubiter, whiche place thei namede Capitolium, for cause that the hedde of a man was founde in hit, wherefore wicches prenosticate that place to be the chiefe place of the worlde. Titus Livius; et Augustinus, libro primo, capitulo decimo nono. As hit happede on a tyme Tarquinius the prowde to be abowte the sege of a cite callede Ardeia, not obediente to Rome, Tarquinius Sextus, his son, and Tarquinius Colatinus, spake to gedre of the castite of theire wifes as they sate in soper. Tar|quinius Colatinus, howsebonde to Lucrecia, seide in this wise, "Lette wordes reste and the dedes schalle schewe the precellence of oure wifes." Wherefore the Romanes, come in the nyȝhte vn to a certeyne place of the cite, founde Lucrecia, the wife of Colatinus, makenge sorowe, the wifes [folio 131b] Page  161, vol.3 of other men occupiede abowte the acte venerealle. Tar|quinius Sextus, inflamede with the luste of concupiscence carnalle, come to that Lucrecia in a season, desirenge to be loggede þer, was receyuede. Whiche commenge to here bedde, hauenge a swerde drawen in his honde, constreynede here to his pleasure, seyenge in this wise, "With owte þat thow consente to me y schalle putte a nakede man ythrotelede to the dedde in to thy bedde." Tarquinius fullefillenge his wylle, returnede ageyne. And this nowble woman Lucrecia, makenge moche sorowe, callenge here fader, here howse|bonde, and oþer nowble men, schewede to theym this offence, whiche promysenge to venge that dede, sche did slee here selfe with a litelle knyfe in theire presence. ℞. Mony men say that this Lucrecia did not slee here selfe of vertu, but for schame of man and of infirmite of a passion, sythe an innocente awe not to be punyschede by the lawe, neither Page  163, vol.3 a gilty person with owte a iugge. But this peple of Rome be moste covetous of laude and fame terrestrialle, wherefore sche thouȝhte if that sche hade lyuede after, men wolde haue seide that sche consente to hym voluntarily. Wherefor sche wolde not lyue longer in a signe of displeasure that sche scholde not renne in to infamy and susteyne blame. Eutropius. Wherefore the peple of Rome conuocate, Tar|quinius the prowde kynge and his son Tarquinius Sextus were exilede from the cite. The hoste of the Romanes that were at the sege of Ardeia with the kynge, refusede hym; that kynge commenge to Rome, and fyndenge the ȝates yschutte, fledde with his childer. From whiche tyme ij. con|sules were ordeinede to gouerne the cite and cuntre, whiche were Iunius Brutus and Tarquinius Collatinus, the howse|bonde of Lucrecia; but Tarquinius Collatinus was amouede Page  165, vol.3 from his office afore the ende of the yere, for hate of his name in that he was callede Tarquinius. For hit pleasede the Romanes that noo man of that name scholde not*. [Sic in MS.] haue eny rewle other gouernayle in that cite, for the detestacion of that name and of the advoutery. ℞. But Seynte Austyn, de Civitate Dei, libro 2o, capitulis 14o et 15o, rehersethe that Tarquinius, howsebonde to Lucrecia, was amovede from his office with in the yere by the frawde of that other consul, his felawe. Augustinus, libro 3o, capitulo 14o. Tarquinius soe expulsede, sende messangeres in to the cite for the goodes that he lefte þere; whiche messyngeres hade a secrete cownselle with the sonnes of Brutus the consul, and with the breþer of the wife off Brutus to brynge Tarquinius in to þe cite. Whiche thynge perceyvede and schewede to the senate, Brutus the consul causede alle to be sleyne. ℞. As Virgilius the poete dothe reherse in the vjthe boke of Enoyd, in the ende. Eutropius, libro primo. Tarquinius Page  167, vol.3 gedrenge a grete hoste, ȝafe batelle to the cite, that he myȝhte be restorede in that wise, in whiche fiȝhte Brutus the consul, and Arnus the son of [Tarquinius] did slee either other. But this Tarquinius, ȝiffenge batelle iij. yere to Rome, was deuicte, wherefore he fledde with his wife to Tusculum, where he tariede xiiij. yere. But Brutus the consul was so poore afore his dethe that he hade not goodes to berye hym but by the almes of peple.*. [Petrus, capitulo 176o, et Trogus, libro secundo.]