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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 134



shrine, whilst Henry presented rich silken robes to the choristers, and gave full credence to a tale, which declared that devils had been cast out of two men the instant the Confessor's coffin was raised. Peace and order wore scarcely restored to the country, when Prince Edward, followed by the Earls Warwick and Pembroke, and other adventurous and turbulent spirits, undertook a crusade to the Holy Land. Edward, accompanied by his wife and his brother Edmund, proceeded to Palestine at the close of the year 1270. Previous to his departure, Prince Edmund married the fair Avoline, heiress of William Fortibus, Earl of Albemarle. Aveline died before the return of her husband. She had been a wife but a few months, when a painful disease closed her eyes in death. Her remains were interred with solemn obsequies close to the altar in Westminster Abbey, where a stately tomb and her effigy were erected to her memory. In 1270, Eleanora, by the death of her uncle, Peter of Savoy, was put in possession of the honour of Richmond, which she forthwith resigned to her sonin-law, the Earl of Brittany, retaining only a small annuity of fifty marks. This same year the Pope, in consideration of her having butjust emerged from a sea of troubles, confirmed to her use the tenths of all ecclesiastical benefices in Ireland, and in the subsequent year, his Holiness assigned to her some broad lands in France. The valuable jewels which Eleanora had pledged in Paris, were redeemed in 1272, and conveyed to England by the Queen's express desire. But the death of the more weak than brave monarch, Henry, was now at hand, The loss of his brother, the King of the Romans, who died of paralysis at Berkhamstead, on the second of April, 1272,*preyed upon his mind, and hastened the dissolution of his decaying constitution. Whilst returning from Norwich, where he had been in person to quell a riot, occasioned by aquarrel between the citizens and monks, in which the cathedral and monastery adjoining were reduced to ashes by the towns people, he was seized with an alarming illness at Bury St. Edmund's, whence, although seriously sick, he proceeded by short stages to London. A message had been dispatched some time previously, urging Edward to immediately return but ere that Prince reached England, the King had ceased to breathe. On finding himself at death's door, Henry summoned the Earl of Gloucester into his presence, and made him swear to preserve the peace of the country during the absence of the heir to the throne, Prince Edward; when, after con fessing his sins and receiving spiritual comfort, he expired at Westminster, surrounded by the most exalted prelates and barons of the land, on the night of the sixteenth of November, 1272, in the sixty-seventh year of his age, and the fifty-seventh of his reign. By his will, which he made in the year 1253, prior to embarking for Gascony, he left no pecuniary bequests of import ance. He evinced his affection for Eleanora, and the confidence he reposed in her, by naming her as the guardian of his children and of his kingdom and lands, till they were of ago. A gold cross, a silver image of the Virgin, and a white embroidered vestment, he be queathed to the abbey church at West minster ; whilst to his son, Prince Ed ward, he left another gold cross, a highly finished golden image of the \rirgin, and a vestment richly adorned with precious stones. In compliance with this will, Eleanora caused the council to assemble at the New Temple, on the twentieth of No vember, the feast of King Edmund the Martyr, where, by her desire and con sent, Robert Kilwardby, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earl of Gloucester, and other peers and prelates, proclaimed Prince Edward King of England, Lord of Ireland, and Duke of Aquitaine, by the style of Edward the First. King Henry's remains, arrayed in royal apparel, were, in accordance with his own express desire, placed in the very coffin which had formerly contained those of Edward the Confessor, and buried near the shrine of that sainted I king in Westminster Abbey. The care


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