and through his bounty it came to be read by lesser persons. The writer thereof was also well rewarded by him, and sent back into his country. I believe it will be acceptable to our readers if we collect some particulars from the same, and insert them in our history.
THE ACCOUNT GIVEN BY THE AFORESAID BOOK OF THE PLACE OF
OUR LORD'S NATIVITY, PASSION AND RESURRECTION.
He wrote concerning the place of the nativity of our Lord, to this effect. Bethlehem, the city of David, is seated on a narrow ridge, encompassed on all sides with vallies, being a thousand paces in length from east to west, the wall low without towers, built along the edge of the plain on the summit. In the east angle thereof is a sort of natural half cave, the outward part whereof is said to have been the place where our Lord was born; the inner is called our Lord's manger. This cave within is all covered with rich marble, over the place where our Lord is said particularly to have been born, and over it is the great church of St. Mary. He likewise wrote about the place of his passion and resurrection in this manner. Entering the city of Jerusalem on the north side, the first place to be visited according to the disposition of the streets, is the church of Constantine, called the martyrdom. It was built by the Emperor Constantine, in a royal and magnificent manner, on account of the cross of our Lord having been found there by his mother Helen. From hence, to the westward, appears the church of Golgotha, in which is also to be seen the rock which once bore a great silver cross with our Saviour's body fixed on it, and now it bears a very large cross, with a great brazen wheel hanging over it sur-