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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 349



and lastly stood the Mayor with the Aldermen. The goldsmiths' stalls, nnto tho end of the Old Change, being replenished with virgins in white, with branches of white wax ; the priests and clerks in rich copes, with crosses and censers of silver, censing his Grace and the Queen also as they passed. " The features of his body, his goodly personage, his amiable visage, urincely countenance, with the noble qualities of his royal estate, to every man known, needeth no rehearsal, considering that, for lack of cunning, I cannot express the gifts of grace and of nature that God hath endowed him withal. Yet, partly to describe his apparel, it is to he noted his Grace wore in his uppermost apparel a robe of crimson velvet, furred with ermine ; his jacket or coat of raised gold, the placard embroidered with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, great pearls, and other rich stones; a great collar about his neck, of great rubies. The trapper of his horse damask gold, with a deep border of ermine ; his knights and esquires of his body in crimson velvet, and all the gentlemen, with other of his chapel, and all his officers and household servants, were apparelled inscarlet. The barons of the five ports bore the canopy and cloth of estate. For to recite to yon the great estates by name, the order of their going, the number of the lords spiritual and temporal, knights, esquires, and gentlemen, of their costly and rich apparel, of several devices and fashions, who took up his horse best, or who was richest beseen, it would ask long time, and yet 1 should omit many things, and fail of the number, for they were very many, wherefore, I pass on ; but this I dare well say, there was no lack or scarcity of cloth of gold, cloth of silver, embroidery, or goldsmiths' work." The chronicler then mentions the procession of the nine children of honour, each mounted on a steed, decorated with the name and arms of a province of tbe King's dominions, in ostentatious display, derived from the brilliant era of Edward the Third; since, in addition to Cornwall and Wales, it assumed the fictitious sovereignty of Normandy, Gascony, Guienne and Anjou. The Queen's retinue appears to have been equally magnificent, and far more attractive. " In a litter, richly ornamented, sat Katherine, borne by two white palfreys, trapped in cloth of gold, her person ap-Îiarelled in white satin embroidered, her ong black hair hanging down her face, beautiful and goodly to behold, and on her head a coronal, set with many rich orient stones. Her ladies followed in chariots, a sort of car containing six persons, and the quality of each was designated by the'gold and silver tissue habiliments, and with much joy and honour they came to Westminster, where was high preparation made as well for the coronation as for the solemn feasts and jousts to be had and done." On the morrow, being Sunday, the King and Queen were crowned at Westminster Abbey, in most solemn manner, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by others. The ceremony coneluded, the noble company retired to Westminster Hall, where they partook of a sumptuous banquet. At this feast the King's estate was seated on the right, and the Queen's on the left, Of the cupboard of nine stages, which was filled with the richest gold and silver plate. "Their noble personages being seated, at the bringing in of the first course the trumpet sounded, and in came the Duke of Buckingham, mounted on a courser, richly trapped and embroidered, and the Lord Steward, likewise on a horse trapped, came in cloth of gold, riding before the service, which was sumptuous, with many subtleties, strange devices, with several poesies, and many dainty dishes." Jousts and masques succeeded, and in these the populace had their full share of enjoyment. It may perhaps be doubted whether the rare and excellent device of the castle, invested by a silvery fountain, and embellished with a flowing vine, imparted half the delight inspired by rivulets of claret and malmsey spouted from the hideous lips of some sphinxlike monster. The supreme object of attraction appears to have been a mountainous castle dragged slowly along, in which sat a lady, who, under the imposing name of Pallas, displayed a crystal shield, and, with many grimaces, pre


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