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LIBER QVINTVS        187

De pugna Haraldi Regis contra draconem domesticum.



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CAP. XXI.

                                        HARALDVS Illustrissimus Norvegianus Rex in adolescentiaHaraldus Norvegiæ rex.
                                        sua apud Byzantium Regem commoratus, & homicidii
                                        crimine damnatus, domestico draconi lacerandusDraco domesticus.
                                        objectari præcipitur: cui in carcerem eunti, ingenuæ fidei
                                        servus vltro se damnationis comitem obtulit. VtrunqueServus fidelis.
                                        is, qui custodiæ præerat, curiosius observatum, per os
                                        antri inermem, excussumque dimisit. Itaque nudato ministro,
                                        Haraldum verecundiæ gratia linteo tantum discinctum
                                        excepit: a quo clam armilla donatus, pisciculis pavimentumArmilla.
instravit, vt habcret draco, in quo primæ famis procursum effunderet, reorumquePisciculi.
carceralibus tenebris obfusi oculi, vel parvulam prospiciendi copiam ipso
squamarum nitore capesserent. Tunc Haraldus lecta cadaverum ossa angustiis telæSquamæ lucent in tenebris.
consertioris implicuit, iisdemque in vnum globum coactis, veluti clavam effecit.
Cumque allapsus diaco in objectam perquam avide prædam irrueret, dorsum eiusCultellus tonsorius.
veloci saltu conscendens, cultellum tonsorium, quem secum forte tectum attulerat,
vmbilico, qui solus ferro patebat, immersit: sectionem enim rigidissimis squamis
obsitus serpens, cætera corporis parte spernebat. Sed neque Haraldus ob sessionis
eminentiam, ingenti beluæ ore corripi, dentiumue acumine noceri, aut caudæ voluminibus
elidi poterat. Minister vero compacto gestamine ossium vsus, converberatumGestamen ossium.
beluæ caput ad sanguinem & necem vsque crebris ictum ponderibus contundebat.
Quo cognito Rex, vltione in adminifratrionem versa, fortitudini supplicium
condonavit, navigioque & stipendio donatos abire permisit. Neque minorem
Alexander Magnus admirationem habuit, dum intelligeret Lysimachum, quem propterAlexander Magnus.
accelerata Callisthenis sata, ferocissimo leoni devorandum obiecerat, manua
amiculo subducta, atque in os missa, linguam beluæ abstraxisse, atque interemisse. Admiratus
est etiam Mathias Rex Vngariæ cujusdam nobilis Poloni facinus, qui escam Poloni audacia.
leoni libero, & famelico abstulit, atque eidem tantum terroris intulit, vt rugire
quidem non auderet, vel se loco movere. Itidem fecisse Regem Angliæ compertum

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