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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 111



robes, and wearing- his crown, was preceded by the Earl of Chester, bearing the sword of St. Edward, called " Curtein," in token that, as Earl of the Palace, he had the power of restraining the King, should he act wrongfully; whilst the bishop of Chinchester, the chancellor, carried that ancient coronation ensign, the cup of precious stones ; and Hugh De Patishull, the King's treasurer, robed in a rich Dalmatica, walked before, with the paten. These were preceded by Sir Richard Siward and Sir Nicholas l)e Molis, carrying the royal sceptres. The Grand-Marshal of England, the Earl of Pembroke, went before, and with a wand cleared the way for the royal train, both in the church and in the banquetting-hall, and arranged the guests at table, A rich silken pall was carried over both the King and the Queen ; each pall w^as adorned with four silver gilded bells, and supported by four curiously-wrought silver lances, borne by the wardens of the Cinque Ports. At the banquet the Earl of Leicester supplied the King with water in silver basins, to wash before his meal. At the King's table the archbishops, bishops, and a few favoured abbots, sat at the right of «the King, whilst the left was occupied by a few privileged nobles. Much jealousy and ill-will appears to have been occasioned by defective and unjust arrangements at the banquet. Many persons seated at the lower tables considered that their rank and station entitled them to a place nearer to the King, whilst others endeavoured to fill offices that of right did not belong to them. However, as the decision of these matters was put off to a more fitting opportunity, the festivity was clouded with but one dispute worthy of mention. This dispute, which arose from Andrew Buckerel, the Mayor of London, who came with his good citizens to serve in the buttery, claiming the honour of holding the King's wine-cup, and replenishing it whenever needed, was decided by the King ordering that only Master Michael Belot, the deputy of Albini, the Pincerna, or grand butler of England, had a right to fill that office. Accordingly, the chagrined mayor bowed to the royal will, and served the two bishops at the King's right hand. After the banquet, the earl butler received the cup out of which the King had drank as his right, and Master Michael received the earl's robes as his perquisite; indeed, with few exceptions, all the articles and trappings used at the coronation were apportioned out to those who served on the festive occasion. Thus, the citizens of Winchester superintended the cooking of the feast, and the head cook in the royal kitchen received the steward's robe as his right. Gilbert De Sandford was door-keeper of the Queen's chamber on that day, and obtained as his right the Queen's bridalbed and furniture. The cloth that hung behind the King at table was claimed as a perquisite both by the door-keepers and the scullions, whilst the knives, dishes, saltcellars, and other articles, even to the cloth on which the King walked in the church and thebanguettinghall, were all similarly appropriated. After declaring that the scene was too magnificent to describe, and the splendour of the dresses of the ladies, the nobles, and the clergy too dazzling to hehold, Matthew Paris remarks : " Why should I name those who, as their duty wanted, performed the offices of the church ? Why describe the abundance and variety of meats, fish, fruits, wines, and dishes of delicacies on the tables, or mention the sweet voices, the fantastic antics of the gleemen, or the comeliness and gaiety of the waiters ? For whatever the world could produce for magnificence or delight, was there brought together from every quarter." lake his father, King John, Henry was the greatest fop of the age. But although he himself was the first Prince who wore garments of sparkling goldtissued baudekin, he liberally ordered for his Queen apparel the most choice and costly. Dresses, robes and mantles of satin velvet, cloth of gold, ermine, and other superb texture filled the wardrobe of Eleanora. Her magnificent jewellery, consisting of richly-jewelled chaplets of nllagree gold, to wear over the hair, splendid girdles, clasps, armlets,


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