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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.12

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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.12
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Mercy and the fword of Juftice : the firft wis borne by the prince of Wales, and the other by the carl of Northumberland, conftablc of England, for the earl of Rutland had been difmiffed. The earl of Weftmorcland, marfhal of England, carried the fceptrel The proceffion entered the church about nine o'clock i in the middle of which was crcftcd a fcafFold covered with crimfon cloth, and in the centre a royal throne of cloth of gold. When the duke entered the church, he feated himfelf on the throne, and was thus in regal ftate, except having the crown on his head. The archbifhop of Can-terbury proclaimed from the four corners of the fcafFold, how God had given them a man for their lord and fovereign, and then alked the people if they were confenting to his being confecrated and crowned king. They unanimoufly fhouted out, c Aye !* and held up their hands, promifing fealty and homage. After this, the duke defcended from his throne, and advanced to the altar to be 'confecrated. This ceremony was performed by two archbifliops and ten bifhops ; he was ftripped of all his royal ftate before the altar, naked to his fhirt, and was then anointed and confecrated at fix places ; that is t? fay, on the head, the breaft, the two fhoulders, before and behind, on the back and hands : they then placed a bonnet on his head ; and, while this was doing, the clergy chaunted the litany, or thé fervice that is performed to hallow a font* THE 102


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