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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 323



was frequently in her society. But however this may he, Majerres assures us that, when in his seventeenth year, he fell in love with her, but that his disagreeable person and manners, and crabbed temper, induced her to reject his suit. Anne was present at the marriage of her sister to Clarence, at Calais, and immediately returned with her parents and the newly-wedded pair to England, where Warwick and Clarence raised a formidable rebellion in favour of the Bed Rose. After the defeat of the Lincolnshire insurrection, Warwick fled with his family to Dartford, whence, on the fifteenth of April, 1470, they set sail for Calais. On the voyage, the Yorkists' fleet attacked them, and took all their ships, except the one containing the Neville family. This vessel encountered a fearful storm, and at length, when the distressed voyagers made the port of Calais, Vanclere, whom Warwick had left as his deputy, would not permit them to land. But although Yanclere fired upon the vessel, he found means to privately inform Warwick that the towns-people had forced him to do so ; and he also sent on board two flagons of wine, for the use of the Duchess of Clarence, who had been taken in labour, and was delivered on board ship of her first-born. From Calais the fugitives steered their course towards Normandy, took every Flemish vessel they met with, and landed safely at Harfleur. Immediately they had recovered from the effects of the voyage, they hastened to the court of Louis the Eleventh of France, where a reconciliation was effected between Warwick and Margaret of Anjou, and Edward, the heir of Lancaster, then in his nineteenth year, was married to Anne Neville, who was two years younger than himself, at Angers, in August, 1470. After the murder of Edward of Lancaster, at the fatal field of Tewksbury, in May, 1471, Gloucester proposed, by marrying the widowed Anne, to claim a due share of the immense wealth of her father, the late Earl of Warwick, slain at the battle of Barnet, in the previous April. But Clarence, the husband of Anne's sister, grasped at the whole succession ; and, to obtain his end, he, under pretence of protecting her, privately abducted his sister-in-law, who, to secure herself from her abhorred cousin, Gloucester, actually took the disguise of a common servant, and found employment as cook, housemaid, and general domestic, in the house of a poor London citizen. Gloucester, however, after a vigilant search, discovered her ; and, as she was under the attainder in which her mother and Queen Margaret were included, he placed her in the sanctuary of St. Martin's le Grand. Shortly afterwards, the unfortunate Anne was placed under the protection of her uncle, the Archbishop of York ; but the imprisonment of that prelate by Edward the Fourth, in 1473, deprived her of her last refuge against the wily Gloucester. This greatly annoyed Clarence, who, although unable to prevent the marriage, swore that Gloucester should not "part the livelihood with him." " The world seems queasy here," says Sir John Paston, in a letter, dated 1473. "For the most part that be about the King have sent thither for their harness [armour]. It is said for certain that theDuke of Clarence maketh himself big in that he can, shewing as if he would deal but with the Duke of Gloucester, but the King intended to be as big as they both." As stated by Paston, Edward the Fourth took the case in hand, and after vainly endeavouring to reconcile the two brothers, heard their cause in council, andassigned to Anne her portion of the property, and the rest to Isabell, the other daughter. This award was made without regard to the interests of the Countess, their mother, who still lived, and to whom belonged, bylaw, the possessions of her late brother and father, and the dower settled on her by her husband. Anne of Neville was married to Richard, Duke of York, in 1473, and in the subsequent year an act of Parliament was passed, determining that the daughters of the late Earl of Warwick should succeed to his estates and possessions, as if their mother were dead; that if either of their husbands sur


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