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The Gaelic Maundeville (Author: John Maundeville)

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And that is not the Temple which Solomon built to the Lord, for it endured only eleven hundred and two years, when Titus, son of Vespasian, the Roman Emperor, came and pitched a camp around Jerusalem and took it, and destroyed it, and burnt Solomon's Temple, and put eleven hundred thousand of the Jews to death, and cast the rest of them into prison. And such of them as he did not kill he starved, so that they ate girdles and old shoes and welts and withered grass, and the dung of men themselves, and what is worse than that, their own mothers were eating their little children. And he used to sell thirty of them for one penny in compensation for their having bought God's Son for thirty pence. And Emperor Julian ordered the Temple to be built again, and when it was built by the Jews, there came a great earthquake and again laid low the Temple. Emperor Hadrian the Trojan ordered the Temple of Jerusalem to be built in the same form as Solomon had built it; and by the emperor's proclamation the Jews durst not frequent it, for Christians were dearer to him than any other nation, though he himself was not a Christian. And 'tis he that first directed the town-wall to be put outside the church of the Sepulchre. And great is the honour which the Saracens pay to that church, for when they cross the door from outside they doff their shoes and kneel often, and say that this place is sanctified.