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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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same vowed all the rest, and the next morning they proceeded in the train of the Prince on their route to Scotland, "To fight with might and main, To venture limb and life, And all to gain A warrior's fame, In the bloody battle's strife." The King himself followed by easy stages, and issned writs for bis military tenants to meet him at Carlisle in July next. Immediately after the departure of her royal lord, Margaret gave birth to her youngest child and only daughter, Eleanora, at Woodstock. The Countess of Hereford was present at the delivery of the Queen, and immediately afterwards proceeded in person to congratulate King Edward on the happy termination of the event. This infant was the second of Edward's numerous family who bore the name of Eleanora. Eleanora, Countess of Parr, who died in 1290, was his first child, whilst this was his last ; and, as might be supposed, her constitution was extremely delicate. However, by the Queen's desire, she, in the second year*of her age, was sent to Ambresbury Nunnery, where she resided with the Nun Princess Mary, until 1311, when she died of general debility, in the fifth year of her age, and was buried with little ceremony, and without a stone to mark her grave, in the Monastery of Beaulieu, in Hampshire. CHAPTER III. fs crown—lier residence in the Tower—Kindness to the poor—Patronage to musk and fine arts—State of the medical art—The royal library—Coals—Determined bravery of the Scotch patriots—Edward's mortal illness—Charge to the Erince of Wales—Death—Burial—Tomb—His remains examined in the eighteenthcentury—His memoirs written by John o'London—Margaret bitterly bewails hit loss—Her widowhood—Death—Euneral—Monument— Children. &V LTHOUGH Margaret is the first instance since the Conquest, of a Queen not being solemnly crowned and anointed, she nevertheless possessed a state crown, which she wore on festival days. According to the Parliamentary Polls under Edward the Eirst, this crown was made by Thomas de Erowick, warder of the London Goldsmiths' Company, in compliance with a royal order, dated 1303, and was to have been paid for by the ensuing Michaelmas. At the time appointed for payment, Erowick applied to the King's servants, who had given him the order ; they referred him to the royal treasurer, the treasurer ordered him to make out his bill, and leave it with John de Cheam and his fellowreceivers of the bills, and Cheam, with whom the account had been left," neglected to take notice of it. Being in jured by the delay, he prays the King in 1306, for God's sake and the soul of his father Henry, to order payment, and is answered, he may take his bill to the clerk of the King's exchange, adding to it the charge for certain silver cups and vases which he had also made, and the said clerk should pay him four hundred and forty pounds, in part of his bill, before the next Christmas. Shortly after her confinementat Woodstock, Margaret lookup her residence in London, most probably by the desire of the King, as, by a royal order, dated Carlisle, June twenty-eighth, Edward, after informing the civic authorities that his beloved consort would shortly proceed to the Tower of London, commanded them on no account to permit petitioners from the city or others to approach that fortress during her sojourn there, lest she should suffer from the contagion or the corrupt air thai such persons might bring with them. But this precept was only partially car

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