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The brothers are executed because they refuse to worship Jupiter
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Second Nun's Tale
lines 400-413: The executioner is converted and thereafter executed


400This Maximus that saugh this thyng bityde,
With pitous teeris tolde it anon-right,
That he hir soules saugh to hevene glyde
With aungels ful of cleernesse and of light;
And with this word converted many a wight;
405For which Almachius dide hym so bete
With whippe of leed, til he the lyf gan lete.
400This Maximus, who saw this thing betide,
With pitying tears he told folk then, forthright.
That he their souls had seen to Heaven glide
With angels full of glory and of light,
And by his words converted many a wight;
405For which Almachius had him beaten so,
With whips of lead, he did his life forgo.

       Cecile hym took, and buryed hym anon
By Tiburce and Valerian softely,
Withinne hir buriyng place, under the stoon,
410And after this Almachius hastily
Bad his ministres fecchen openly
Cecile, so that she myghte in his presence
Doon sacrifice, and Juppiter encense.
       Cecilia him buried with the others,
Valerian and Tibertius, quietly.
Thus in the tomb he rested with the brothers;
410And after this Almachius speedily
Ordered his servants fetch him openly
Cecilia, that she might in his presence
Make sacrifice to Jove and burn incense.





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From The Second Nun's Tale, lines 414-441:
The Roman governour Almachius arrests and interrogates Cecilia
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