The biographical anecdotes relating to him during the next few years are obscure and mostly apocryphal.
He figures in two anecdotes as the religious adviser of the king and queen, i.e.
The anecdotes believed and circulated by the royalists that Cromwell died in all the agonies of remorse and fear are entirely false.
In the absence of positive information the 4th-century writers (on whom Plutarch and Nepos mainly rely) seized upon his surname of "Just," and wove round it a number of anecdotes more picturesque than historical.
At the same time he reproduces their scandalous anecdotes in a quite uncritical spirit, and accepts unquestioningly the 4th-century tradition.