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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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teenth year, fell in love with Philippa, who with maidenly modesty reciprocated his glowing passion. After Edward had passed a delightful fortnight with Philippa in the Karl of Hainault's palace at Valenciennes, and been betrothed to her with all possible rivacy, he accompanied his mother on er venturous invasion of his unfortunate father's dominions. The young lovers separated with sorrow, and for a period remained in doubtful uncertainty as to whether tbe fortunes of war, the exigencies of state, or the policy and caprice of their relations, would permit them to be united together in holy matrimony. The cause of Isabella triumphed ; but as she dared not own to the English magnates that she had betrothed the heir to tbe throne without their knowledge or sanction, and as it was contrary to etiquette for the Prince to avow that he had disposed of his heart without the advice and consent of the nobles and the parliament, Isabella herself undertook to arrange the marriage of Henry the Third. Accordingly, immediately after the solemnization of his coronation, a dispensation for the marriage of the young King of England to one, but without specifying which of the daughters of the Earl of Hainault, was obtained from the Pope, and the Bishop of Hereford dispatched to choose the future Queen of England. When the bishop departed on the delicate mission, Edward privately informed him of his passion for the second of the Earl of Hainault's daughters, and therefore the choice fell upon Philippa. After being betrothed by proxy at Valenciennes, in October, 1327, Philippa, accompanied by the embassy, by her uncle John of Hainault, and a magnificent suite, sailed from Wissant to Dover, and on the twenty-third of December reached London, where, being met by the mayor, the aldermen, and the city companies, she was welcomed with great joy and pomp, and presented by them with a rich service of plate, worth about three hundred pounds. From London she was conducted with great feasting and rejoicing to York, where the court was then staying ; whilst the young English King made his first essay in arms on the Scottish border against the bold, energetic Robert 1 nice, and where, on the twenty-fourth of January, 1328, she was married to Edward the Third, in the cathedral, by the Archbishop. The bridal festival was graced by the presence of nearly all the English prelates and barons, and one hundred Scotch nobles, who had come thither to negociate a peace and the marriage of Edward's sister, Joanna of the Tower, with the heir of Scotland. After passing the spring at York, the royal pair journeyed to the southward, and passing through Lincoln and Northamptonshire, settled at Woodstock Palace, which from this time became the favourite residence of Philippa. Immediately after her marriage, Philippa's uncle Sir John, and, with a few exceptions, all the other Hainaulters wrho bad accompanied her over sea, returned to their native land, loaded with valuable presents. As Isabella had spent Philippa's marriage portion, and as she herself possessed the broad lands forming the usual dower of the queens of England, a document was executed on the fifteenth of May, assigning lands to tbe yearly value of fifteen thousand pounds to Philippa for her private expenses. It was about this period that Edward first advanced his pretensions to the throne of France. The three brothers of his mother, Isabella, bad died without heirs, and as females were by the fundamental laws of the kingdom excluded from the French throne, he contended, that although his mother's sex might be a disqualification as far as she herself was concerned, it could be no barrier to the succession of her son. The peers and barons of France, however, thought differently, and decided in favour of Philip the Sixth, who, on assuming the regal reins, summoned the King of England to do homage to him for Aquitaine. As Edward was then unable to enforee his claim to the sovereignty of France, he deemed it irudent to answer the summons, and fcaving Philippa at Woodstock, em

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