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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 382



of her Sovereign, but "that she stood still, These remarks are buta weak apoupon her guard, and was not, as we logy for the blackest traits in Anne's would suppose, so easily taken with all character—a lack of moral rectitude, this appearance of happiness, whereof and a fatal ambition, which induced two things appeared to be the causes : j her to listen to the overtures of her the one, the love she bore ever to the ι base, wedded Sovereign, and to pur-Queen whom she served, that was also a chase the crown matrimonial by robpersonage of great virtue ; and the other, bing Katherine of Arragon, one of lier conceit that there was not that free- the best of women, and the most dutidom of conjunction with one that was . fui and affectionate of consorts, of her lord and king, as with one moro : her husband, her home, and her hapagreeable to her." I piness CHAPTER III. Anne permits Wyatt to pay court to her—He steals her tablet—The discovery, and Henry's anger—Anne and Henry entertained at Wolsey's palace—Henry resolves to divorce Queen Katherine—Wolsey proposes to marry Henry to a Frenchprincess—His astonishment on learning the King's intentions to wed Anne—The sweatingsickness; Anne seized with it—Henry's anxiety for her—Her recovery j and deceitful Utters to Wolsey—She returns to court—Is sent away again against her will—Her suspicions—Henry's letters—Her London residence. • Τ this period, not only her, wherein he had singular delight j did Anne lend a willand she afterwards seemed not to make ing ear to the admuch recconinge of it, either the thing dresses of her Sovenot being worth much, or not worthy reign, but, at the much striving for. The noble King same time, she overhaving a watchful eie upon Wyatt, notstepped the bounds ing him more to hover about the lady, of maidenly modesty and she more to keepe aloof of him, was by accepting the adulations of love from whetted the more to discover to her his another married man, the poet statesaffection, so as rather he liked first to man, Sir Thomas Wyatt. The followtry of what temper the regard of her ing extract from a little work, published honor was, which he finding not any way by one of the descendants of Sir Thomas to be tainted with those things his kingly Wyatt, in the seventeenth century, beMajestie and means could bringe to the sides verifying our assertion, affords a batterie, he in the end fell to win her curious picture of polite society at the by treaty of marriage, and in this talk period to which these remarks allude. took from her a ring, and that ware upon "About this time, it is said that the his littel finger ; and yet al this with Knight Wyatt entertanynge talk with such a secrcsie was carried, and on her her (Anne Boleyn), as she was earnest part so wisely, as none, or very few, at work, and sportingewise caught from esteemed this other than an ordinary her a certen small jewel, hanginge by a course of dalliance. lace out of her pocket, or otherwise loose, " Within a few days after, it happened which he thrust into his bosom, neither that the King sporting himself at Bowles, with any earnest request could she obhad in his company divers noblemen, tain it from him againe. Ile kept it, and other courtiers of account, amongst therefore, and wore it afterwards about whom might be the Duke of Suffolk, his neck, under his cassoque, promising Sir F. Brian and Sir Thomas Wyatt, to himself either to have it with her fahimself being more than ordinarily pleasvor, or as an occasion to have talk with antly disposed, and in his game takings


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