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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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zeus to royal favour, and granted them a charter of remission, acquittance, and forgiveness for their crimes and misdemeanors against the Queen, himself, his son Kdward, and his brother, the King of the Romans. None of this heavy fine went into the King's exchequer, the whole of it being paid, by the Queen's desire, to certain persons on the continent, who had supplied her need during her exile from Englanfl. As to the King, his obliging parliament, reckless of the consequences, confiscated the estates of the rebel barons, and granted them to him for his own use. The harvest was a rich one ; but the beggared barons having nothing but their lives to lose, and urged by want or prompted by revenge, again resorted to the sword, under the generalship of Leicester's ruined heir, Simon de Montfort. This rebellion was, however, greatly checked in its uprising by the arrival of the Queen, in October, 1266, quickly iollowcd by that of the Pope's legate, Cardinal Ottoboni, who immediately on anding, solemnly excommunicated Leicester and all his adherents, both dead md alive. " The Queen and Ottoboni ;ogetlier made a great cursing," said the lemocratic chronicler of the period; " thoy anathematized our champion of civil and religious liberty, and hirrled the thunders of the Vatican against the supporters of his just and holy cause.5' Early in 1267, Prince Edward marched against Leicester's powerful adherent, Adam Gordon, the most athletic man of the age. Encountering the outlaws at Alton Wood, in Buckinghamshire, the Prince unhorsed and conquered their leader in a personal encounter. Then having, in reward for his valour, granted Gordon his life, the Prince conveyed him before the Queen at the palace of Guildford, who took compassion on him, and prevailed on the king to grant him his liberty. In December, when nearly all the rebellious barons had, by persuasion or force, been reduced to loyal subjection, the Earl of Gloucester, who, without the talents, aspired to the fame and power of his predecessor, Leicester, suddenly marched with a considerable army to London, which he entered without opposition. The malcontent citizens joined his standard, and took possession of the Tower, the royal palace at Westminster, and other buildings, breaking and destroying every thing they could not steal, and either killing or drowning in the Thames all those they suspected. CïïAPTEE VI, 'Consecration of Westminster Abbey—Prince Edward journeys to the Holy Land— Marriage of Prince Edmund—Death of his Wife—Eleanora's income increased— The King's death—Will—Burial—Tornò—State of the nation during his reign-Death of Eleanora's daughters, Margaret and Beatrice—Eleanora takes the veil—• King Edward's kindness to jUr—Her death—Burial—Character—ThefirstPoet Laureate—Doings and death of Ribald the Rhymer. ì Λ the tourteentn or October, St. Edward's Day, 1269, Westminster Abbey, which had taken upwards of forty years in rebuilding, was consecrated with great omp, after which the remains of the ainted Edward the Confessor were borne by Henry and his brother, the King of the Romans, assisted by his two sons, Edward and Edmund, imeolemn procession and in view of the whole church, and deposited in the splendid shrine constructed for their reception by Pietro Cavalini, in that chapel which still bears the Confessor's name. Eleanora offered a beautiful silver image of the Virgin, and a considerable sum in gold at the

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