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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 383



occasion to affirm a cast to be bis that plainly appeared to be otherwise, those on the other side sayed with His Grace's leave they thought not, and yet stil he poiutinge with his finger whereon he wore Anne's ring, replied often it was his, and addressing himself to Wyatt especially, said, * Wyatt, I tell the it is mine,' smiling upon him triumphantly withal. Wyatt at length, casting his eyes upon the King's finger, perceived that the King meant the lady whose ring that was, which he well knew. He paused a little, but finding the King who again addressed him in the same significant manner, bent to pleasure, ho replied 1 If it may please your majestic to give me leave to measure it, I hope it will be mine, and withal took from his neck the lase wercat hung the tablet, and therewith stooped to measure the cast, which the king espunge knew and had seen Anne wear, and withal spurned away the bowle, and said ' It may be so, but then I am deceived,' and so broke up the game. " This thing thus carried was not understood by many, but of some few it was. Now the King resortinge to his chamber, shewing some resentment in his countenance, found means to break this matter to Anne, who with goode and evident proofe how the knight came by the jewel, satisfied the King so effectually, that this more confirmed the King's opinion of her truth and virtue than herself could have expected." It must be borne in mind that this statement is from tho pen of Anne's ardent admirer, Sir Thomas Wyatt himself. That the circumstance related in the anecdote actually occurred, need not be questioned ; but that the King, after his selfish jealousy had been aroused, should deem Anne more true and virtuous for her coquetries, to use a mild expression, with another who was a married man, is quite beyond the pale of probability. At this period, the King frequently resorted to Wolsey's palace, where he met Anne lioleyn, and where entertainments gorgeous as the fabled feasts of eastern poets, were expressly prepared for his reception. " On one of these occasions," says Cavendish, "the Kingandhiscompanioiis came disguised as shepherds, in garments made of fine cloth of gold, and fine crimson satin, and caps of the same, with visors of good proportion of visnamy, their hairs and beards offine silver wire or black silk. Ecfore this gallant company, appeared sixteen torch bearers and three drummers : when they reached the water-gate, a loud salute announced the arrival of honourable guests, and the tables were set in the chamber of presence all covered, and my Lord Cardinal sitting under the cloth of estate, there having all bis service alone; and there was there set a lady and a nobleman, and a gentleman and a gentlewoman, throughout all the tables in the chamber, on the one side, which were made adjoining as it were but one table ; all which order and devise was done by the Lord Sands, then Lord Chamberlain, and Sir Henry Guilford, Comptroller of the King's house. Then, immediately after this great shot of tbe gun, the Cardinal desired the Lord Chamberlain and the Comptroller to look what this should mean, as though he knew nothing of the matter : they looked out of the windows on to the Thames, returned again, and shewed him that it seemed they were noblemen and strangers arrived at his bridge, coming as ambassadors from some foreign prince. 1 With that,' quoth the 1 Cardinal,1 desire you, because you can speak French, to take the pains to go into the hall, there to receive them according to their estates, and to conduct them into this chamber, where they shall see us and all these noble personages being merry at our banquet desiring them to sit down with us and to take part of our feast. " Then went they down into the hall, where they received them with twenty new torches, and conveyed them up into the chamber with such a number of flutes and drums as I have seldom seen together at one place and time. At their arrival into the chamber two and two together, they went directly before the Cardinal where he sat, and saluted him very reverently, to whom the Lord Chamberlain for these said, 1 Sir, foras


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