Presbyter Florentius from the church near Subiaco (who is also grandfather – avus – of Deacon Florentius who served in Rome at the time of Gregory the Great) envies Saint Benedict for his fame and is tempted by the devil to conspire against him. He tries to kill Benedict by sending him a "bread infused with poison as if as a blessing" (infectum veneno panem quasi pro benedictione). As this trick does not work, Florentius sends seven naked girls to the monastery's garden to dance and corrupt Benedict's monks. Fearing for their salvation, Benedict decides to leave Subiaco and escape Florentius' envy. The wrath of God finds Florentius just as he is celebrating his apparent victory on a terrace. The structure collapses beneath him and he dies.
(ed. de Vogüé 1979: 160-165; summarised by J. Szafranowski)