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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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are some amongst them whom I would flay alive, and not spare for all the gold in Christendom." " Northumberland," saith the chronicler, "next took an oath to observe the conditions, and departed to make arrangements for the interview at Flint. The King, with his friends and their servants, soon afterwards followed. On descending a declivity on the road, with the sea on the left and a rocky barrier on the right, the King suddenly exclaimed, 'God of Heaven defend me ! behold, the valley is full of armed men!' At the moment Northumberland came up with eleven knights ìn armour, and affected to be ignorant of the circumstance, when the King addressing him, said,4 My lord, remember your oath, and the God who heard it. Did I think you capable of betraying me I would return, for it is not too late to do so.' P " ' You cannot return,' rejoined the Earl, seizing the King's bridle, ' I have romised to convey you to the Duke of lancaster.' "By this time three hundred troops had come up, and seeing escape impossible, Richard exclaimed, ' May you and your accomplices receive the reward of your treachery on the day of judgment.' Then addressing his friends, he added, * We must hear our misfortune with fortitude and resignation, for even our Lord and Saviour was betrayed into the hands of his enemies.' " On reaching Flint, and being left with his friends, Eichard, in a fit of despondency, exclaimed :— " 'Fool, fool, that I was, to deal out indulgence to this villanous Henry of Lancaster. Thrice did I save his life— once, when his father, bless his soul ! would have put him to death for his treason and treachery, I rode all night to save him. Another time, he had the audacity to draw his sword on me in the chamber of the Queen, on whom God have mercy. He was also the accomplice of Gloucester and Arundel, and consented to the murder of his father, of myself, and of all my council. By the God of paradise ! I forgave him all, only to bring about my own ruin. Ohi it may well be said, that we have no greater enemy than the man we have saved from the executioner's axe.' " After a sleepless night, the King arose, and on ascending the tower, and surveying the hostof his enemies, amounting to eighty, or, according to some authors, one hundred thousand men, and surrounding the castle from sea to sea, went down on his knees, and with uplifted hands, cried out, 'Lord God of Heaven, to thy holy keeping I commend myself. Grant mercy unto thy servant, and pardon all my sins ! Oh 1 Christ, give me strength to bear my misfortunes patiently, and if they put me to death, grant that I may forgive all my enemies, and die as thou didst for us all, with holy meekness and Christian resignation.' " On descending from the tower, Richard took dinner. The Earl of Salisbury, the bishop, Sir William Feriby, and Sir Stephen Scrope, sat with him at the same table. As his heart was oppressed, he ate but little, and when he arose, he went into the court to receive the Duke of Lancaster. The duke in complete armour, save his helmet, approached the King, and cap in hand, made his obedience with an air of affected humility. " 'F'air cousin of Lancaster,' said Richard, politely bowing, 'you are welcome.1 " 'Mylord,' answered the duke,bowing three times to the ground, ' I am come before you sent for me, and for this reason : your people complain, that ina period of one-and-twenty years, you have ruled them with rigour and indiscretion, But if it please God, I will help you to govern them better.' " * Fair cousin,' replied the King, ' since it pleases you it pleases us well.' '1 According to the chronicles of those in his suite, Richard was from this time made to suffer every conceivable indignity. A prisoner in the hands of the triumphing Lancaster, he was deprived of his much - prized spirited charger, placed on a lean, miserable animal, not worth a crown, and, amidst the sarcasms and threats of the excited rabble, conveyed to Chester, and thence to London. At Lichfield he attempted to escape, by letting himself down from the window

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