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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 276



in the Hall at "Westminster, supported on the right by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Beaufort, and on the left by James the First, King of the Scots, the Duehess of York, and the Countess of Huntingdon ; whilst the Karl of March knelt on the dais on her right with one sceptre in his hand, and the Karl Marshal, kneeling on the left, held her other sceptre ; and all the nobles gave their attendance, each according to his office or place. The feast being holden in Lent, every article, with the exception of brawn, mustard, and confectionery, consisted of fish. Amongst numerous other dishes, are enumerated porpoise, sturgeon, barbel, smelt, salmon, eels, soles, chub, roach, cray-fish, and lobster. The confectionery consisted for the most part of " subtleties"—puzzling political enigmas. One of these consisted of an image of St. Katherine disputing with the doctors, and a pelican on its nest, with this motto in its bill " Great joy the King will bring to this sign, And the people will oless his Queen Katherine." Another of these stupid subtleties displayed a full-grown tiger, looking into a mirror, with a man on horseback, armed cap-a-pie, holding in his hand a tiger's wltelp, and making a show of throwing mirrors at the great tiger, who had in his paw the motto,— "The sight of this wonderful mirror Will tame allfierce wild beasts of terror." The English dower of Katherine the Fair was fixed at forty thousand crowns a year, and secured on various royal manors and castles, several of which had been unjustly wrested fron the Queen Dowager Joanna of Xavarre, as detailed in the preceding memoir.:— " As spring advanced, Henry and the Queen made a progress through the northern parts of the kingdom, visiting together all the holy shrines on their way ; but at York, their joy was clouded by the melancholy intelligence of the defeat and death of the King's beloved brother, the Duke of Clarence, by the Scotch auxiliaries at Beaujie, in Anjou. Burning with revenge and vexation, Henry returned with Katherine to Westminster, in May. He then summoned a parliament, obtained a tenth from the clergy, raised loans in every county, and, to satisfy his vengeance, by opposing Scot to Scot, contracted with several Scotch η obles to fight under his banner — and released the Scotch King, who had been captive in England sixteen years—in consideration that he accompanied the expedition against the Dauphin in France, in quality efa volunteer.'


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