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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 353



When the Qneen received intelligence of the victory at Flodden, she announced it to Henry in an affectionate letter. She then made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Walsingham, in Norfolk, and from thence returned to Richmond. Meanwhile, atruce was concluded withFrance, and, in October, Henry landed at Dover, travelled in disguise to Richmond, and surprised and delighted the Queen by his unexpected arrival. But although the King greeted his consort with all the affection of a true and fond husband, he, during his sojourn at Calais, had been captivated by the beauty of Lady Tallbois, by whom he had a son, born in 1519, and christened Henry Fitzroy. Henry's intimacy with Lady Tallbois —and for some years he had no other leman—was kept so secret, that, for a long time, it was unknown to Katherine. In November, 1514, the Queen gave birth to a Prince, who, greatly to the sorrow of his parents, died when a few days old. The peace with France was sealed by the marriage of Henry's sister, Mary, to Louis of France. But as the constitution of the French monarch had been enfeebled by hardships and indulgence, he died within three months afterwards ; and Mary, who had been forced into this marriage, immediately afterwards privately married her former lover, the Duke of Suffolk, whom Henry had sent to France to escort her to England. The stolen match at first excited the ire of the King, bnt, at the intercession of Katherine and Wolsey, he forgave Mary and her husband, invited them to England, and caused their nuptials to be again solemnized in the presence of himself and his court, at Greenwich, in May, 1515. At the festival which followed, the Duke bore as his motto the following ingenious rhyme :— " Cloth of gold do not despise, Though thou art match'd with cloth of frize ; Cloth of frize be not too bold, Though thou art match'd with cloth of gold." The May game this year was, in honour of the royal wedding, unusually splendid. The King, his consort, his bister Mary, and their attendants rode from Greenwich a-Maying, and were met at Shooter's Hill by two hundred of the King's Guards, all habited in green; one of whom, under the assumed name of Robin Hood, asked permission to show his archery. Permission being granted, he whistled, and all his men at once discharged their arrows. Again and again the same feat was performed, when Robin Hood invited the royal party to come to the greenwood, and see now outlaws lived, Consent was given, and then the horns blew, till they came to an arbour made of boughs, with a hall and a great inner chamber, strewed with flowers and sweet herbs, which the King and the Queen greatly praised. Then said Robin Hood, " Sir, outlaws' breakfast is venison, and, therefore, you must be content with such fare as we use." Then the King and court sat down, and were served with venison and wine, to their great contentation. On their return, they were met by two ladies in a rich chariot, drawn by five horses, on each of which rode some allegorical female ; and in the car appeared Flora and May, who saluted the King and Queen with divers goodly songs, and so brought them to Greenwich, in the sight of the people, to their great joy and solace. The same afternoon was run the first English horse race on record. " The King, the Duke of Norfolk, the Marquie of Dorset, and the Earl of Essex came into the field on great coursers, andafteT running their courses appointed, they ran violent, one as fast as he might to overtake the other, which was a strange but a goodly sight to behold." On the eighteenth of February, 1516, Katherine gave birth to a Princess, christened Mary, who afterwards ascended the throne as Queen Regent; and about twenty months after the birth of Mary, the unfortunate Katherine brought into the world a Prince, who, to the sorrow of his parents, died at the time of his birth. The death of King Ferdinand, inFebruary,'1516, deprived the Queen of her last surviving parent, andfilled her heart with sorrow, which was only dispelled by the arrival of Queen Margaret, widow of James the Fourth, who, in May, 1516, flew for


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