AFTER him succéeded Ethodius the second, and sonne of the former Ethodius, which
prince prooued so verie a foole, that the regiment of the realme was quite taken from him,
The gouernance of the realme committed to sundrie noble men.
and committed vnto certeine noble men, who being diuided into sundrie quarters of the
realme, tooke verie good order for the due gouernment of the parties so to them limited, and
vsed themselues verie vprightlie in all their dooings. As for cause of wars they had none, for
Seuerus before his death had giuen such order for the gouernement of the Britains, that they
durst not once stir by reason of such pledges as were deliuered and conueied to Rome, which
Ethodius being giuen to couetousnesse is slaine by his owne seruants.
were the chéefest of all the British nobilitie. At length Ethodius being apt for nothing but to
fill his cofers, as one though doltish, yet naturallie giuen to vnquenchable couetousnesse, was
slaine by those that were appointed to the gard of his person, in the 16 yeare of his reigne.