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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.9

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.9
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ladies; and, at the hour of high mafs, the queen of France was led by the before-mentioned dukes to the holy chapel, where fhe was anointed and fanctified as queens of France ufually are. Sir William de Viare, archbifhop of Rouen, faid mafs. After mafs, which was well and folemn-ly fung, the king and queen returned to their apartments, as did the other ladies to theirs, who lodged in the palace. Shortly after the' mafs, the king, queen, and all the ladies entered the hall. You muft know, that the great table of marble*, which is in this hall, and is never removed, was covered with an oaken plank, four inches thick, and the royal dinner placed thereon. Near the table, and againft one of the pillars, was the king's buffet, magnificently decked out with gold and filver plate, and much envied by many who faw it.— Before the king's table, and at fome diftance, were wooden bar» with three entrances, at which were ferjeants at arms, ufhers, and archers, to prevent any from paffing them but thofe who * ' At one end of the. hall of the palace was placed a mar-ble table that filled up almoft the whole breadth of it, and was of fuch a fize for length, breadth, and thicknefs, that it was fuppofed to be the greateft flab of marble exifting. * It ferved, for two or three hundred years, very different purpofes: at one time, for a theatre, on which the attorney's clerks acted their mummeries,, and at another for the royal feats, where only emperors, kings, and princes of the blood were admitted, with their ladies : the other great lords dihed at feparate tables. It was confumed by fire in 1618.—Sauvai Antiquités de Paris* ferved 561


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