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not a little terrified at the disaster of Maffudi, hitherto reckoned invincible, gathered together all the slaves as soon as possible, and returned them to the king.

Naod having now, by his courage and prudence, freed himself from fear of a foreign war, returned home, and see himself like a wise prince to the reforming of the abuses that prevailed everywhere among his people, and to the cultivation of the arts of peace. He died a natural death after having reigned 13 years.

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DAVID III.

From 1508 to 1540.

David, an Infant succeeds — Queen sends Matthew Ambassador to Portugal — David takes the field — Defeat of the Moors — Arrival of an Embassy from Portugal — Disastrous War with Adel

THE vigorous reign of Naod had at least suspended the fate of the whole empire; and, had it not been that they still persisted in that ruinous and dangerous measure of following minority with minority, by the election of children to the throne, it is probable this kingdom would have escaped the greatest part of those dismal calamities.