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Maxʹimus or Maxʹime (2 syl.)

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Officer of the prefect Almaʹchius, and his cornicular. Being ordered to put Valirʹian and Tiburʹcē to death because they would not worship the image of Jupiter, he took pity on his victims and led them to his own house, where Cecilia was instrumental in his conversion; whereupon he and “all his” house were at once baptised. When Valirʹian and Tiburʹcē were put to death, Maximus declared that he saw angels come and carry them to heaven, whereupon Almaʹchius caused him to be beaten with whips of lead “til he his lif gan lete.” (Chaucer: Secounde Nonnes Tale.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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