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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 341



Seventh, and Elizabeth of York, stands in thebodyof the chapel, ina curious chantry of cast brass, most admirably executed, and interspersed with effigies, armorial bearings, and devices, alluding to the union of the red and white roses. The tomb was executed, according to Stowe, by Peter T., a native of Florence ; and in this obscure appellation antiquaries have discovered Pietro Torregcano, a sculptor once the competitor of Michael Angelo. That artist's pre-eminence he had resented by a hasty blow, for which he was expelled or departed from Florence, and after some vicissitudes of life, was retained as a sculptor by Henry the Seventh, and employed in erecting his father's monument for a sum of one thousand pounds, equivalent to five thousand present money. The small statues that embellish the sepulchre are partly decayed, but the bronze eifigy of Elizabeth, said to bo a correct likeness, is in excellent preservation. Elizabeth 01 York, by her marriage with Henry the Seventh, had three sons, Arthur, Henry, and Edmund ; and four daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, and Katherine. The birth, marriage, and death of Arthur have been already mentioned. Henry succeeded his father, as Henry the Eighth, and Edmund who was born in 1495, died five years afterwards, at Bishop's Hatfield, and was buried at Westminster. Margaret, Elizabeth's eldest daughter, was thrice married ; first, to James, the Fourth King of Scots, then to the Earl of Angus, and after being divorced from the Earl, to Harry Stewart. She took a leading part in the affairs of Scotland, and was the mother of a numerous family. Her first son succeeded his father as James the Fifth, and her second son by her second marriage, was the celebrated Lord Darniey, who married the unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots. She died in October, 1541, and was buried with pomp in the monastery of St. John, in Perth. The Queen's second daughter, Elizabeth, entered the world on the second of July, 1492, and ended her life on the fourteenth of November, 1495 ; Mary, her third daughter, remarkable for the clearness and beauty of her complexion, became the wife of Louis the Twelfth of France, and on bis death married the man of her choice, Charles Brandon, Duko of Suffolk. Katherine, the Princess who cost Elizabeth her life, quitted the world a few weeks after entering it, and was interred in Westminster abbey.


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