or Maxime (2 syl.). Officer of the prefect Almachius,
and his cornicular. Being ordered to put Valirian and Tiburce 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 Valirian and Tiburce were put to death, Maximus
declared that he saw angels come and carry them to heaven, whereupon
Almachius caused him to be beaten with whips of lead “til he his lif
gan lete.” (Chaucer: Secounde Nonnes Tale.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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