¶Of Saxonia. chap. 141.
SAxonia is a Prouince in Germa∣nia, and it is sayde, nien of that Prouince came of the Gréekes: & dwell now in those parts that they arriued in by ship. And they expulsed and droue out the Thuringes, that then there dwelled, and occupied vnto the cleue of Occean. The Saxons gate and wannē them pla∣ces there with many battailes & strong, and dwell in the same Prouince to this daye. And the men were alwaye the gre∣test warriors, séemely of shape, of stature high, strong of bodye, hardie and bolde of heart.
Saxonie is a land most plenteous in Corne, and beareth well Corne, and all manner fruite, and is full of woodes in mountaines, and is full of fruite and of léese and of fieldes, rich of beastes and of flockes, of siluer, and of Copper, and of other mettall. And there are solempne mountaines, in the which stones be dig∣ged, the which being stronglye resolued by fire, turne into the substance of brasse. Ther be most noble riuers and famous, as Wesera, Limia, Albia, Sala, & Ode∣ra, and many other that runne thereby, ouer and beyond Albina. There are salt wells in many places, in whom best salt and most white is sodde and made.
Therein be many strong Cities, Castles and Townes, both in plaines and in mountaines. Beside the mountaine in the which Copper is digged, is a great hill, and the stones thereof smell as vyo∣lets. There, in some mountaines is fai∣rest marble digged, and namely beside the riuer Danubius, and that stone is called Saint Michaels stone. In those moun∣taines is most plentie of venison and of wilde beasts, of Beares, of Boares, and Hartes: and therefore in those moun∣taines full of woodes, is manye manner of hunting vsed. These and many other noble things be founde in the Countrey of Saxons. Looke before De Germania in littera G. & in litera A. de Alema∣nia. Saxonia hath Boemia, & Polonsa, in the East side: Westualia, in the west: and the side of Frisons toward Occean, and men of Thuringe in the North: and French-men in the South. The men are noble and strong, and not ouer∣come before this daye, as Herodutus sayeth.
(*After the time of Arthur King of Britaine, ye Saxons greatly molested the Britons, and helds them in subiection, a long time.)