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Fortuna fidem mutata novavit.

When Fortune frowns, faith is changed.

Sur le point que Childeric quatrieme Roy de France,
fut contreint d’abandonner son Royaume, par son infame  [M]
lubricité: Guimeus sien fidele ami lui conseillant de se
sauver en Thuringe pendant qu’il feroit devoir de moyen-
ner son apointement brisa une piece d’or en deus, & lui
en donna la moitié, à fin que par la conference d’icelle
avec l’autre (laquelle venant l’ocasion il lui promettoit
d’envoyer) il fut certein de retourner en assurance &
de tout parfait apointement. Chose qui avint depuis, car
tant pratiqua ledit Guimeus, qu’un Gillon citoyen Rom-
mein
se portant alors Roy des François, fut finablement
dechassé, & Childeric remis en son siege.[1]

[Marginalia - link to text]Paul. Emil.

Notes:

1.  The recounting of the troubled history of Childeric I, King of the Franks (r. 457-481), is more familiarly told by Gregory of Tours (Libri historiarum, 2.12), but he gives no name to the faithful servant who broke a gold coin with him to use as a signal that it was time for the King to return from exile in Germany. Other sources give him the name Viomade, which early 16th-century French historians morphed to Guinemault (or Guimeus). Gillon, or Gilles, was otherwise known as Aegidius, a Gallo-Roman commander who took control during the exile of Childeric, and was himself elected king (d. 464). There have been some traditions that associate Aegidius with King Arthur.



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