Note 019
From Chapter 55 of the Decline & Fall

The author of this Chronicle is styled the notary of King Bela. Katona has assigned him to the 12th century, and defends his character against the hyper-criticism of Pray. This rude annalist must have transcribed some historical records, since he could affirm with dignity,

rejectis falsis fabulis rusticorum, et garrulo cantu joculatorum.

In the 15th century, these fables were collected by Thurotzius, and embellished by the Italian Bonfinius. See the Preliminary Discourse in the Hist. Critica Ducum, p. 7 - 33.

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