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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 326



Bnt as her declining- health rendered a divorce needless, the base King satisfied himself by treating her with cruelty, and speaking harsh things of her. He told the Bishop of York that he wished he had never seen her : the Bishop prophesied the wish into a desire for her death ; and, as reports gain by carrying, the prophecy was, a few days afterwards, magnified into an announcement that she had positively breathed her last. But her cup of bitterness was not yet full, Her mind had scarcely recovered from the fear and agitation into which it had been thrown by the rumour of her death, when she was doomed to hear the unpleasant truth that her husband earnestly wished her out of the world, that he might marry the Princess Elizabeth of York, who had been taken out of sanctuary, and who resided with her, and had attended her at court during the Christmas festivities, which had been kept with extraordinary magnificence at Westminster. The unfortunate Anne, however, was too near the grave to feel jealous of her rival. She treated Elizabeth as a sister; and having prevailed on Richard to proclaim the young Earl of AVarwick heir to the throne—an honour withdrawn from the ill-starred Earl immediately after her death—she closed her troublous pilgrimage, at Westminster, on the sixteenth of March, 1485. A great eclipse of the sun happened on the same day, and increased the suspicion that the King had caused her to be murdered. She died in the thirty-first year of her age, and was buried, with great pomp, near the altar, at Westminster. Her husband followed her to her last home, and shed an abundance of tears, but whether those of sincerity or hypocrisy, it is beyond the power of human penetration to discover. Ko tomb or other memorial was erected to the memory of the broken-hearted Anne of Neville—a Queen whose life was one unbroken chain of misfortunes and sorrow, resulting, not from her own misconduct, but from circumstances which it was beyond her power to control.


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