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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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tie on the right hand, in the midst of the hall, sate the Lord Chancellor, and other temporal Lordcs ; on the right, and on the left, sate Bishops and Abbots, in their parliament robes ; beneath them sate Judges, Serjeants, and the Kinge's Corniceli ; beneath them the Knights of the Bathe. At the table on tho left band, in the middle part, sate Duchesses, Marquesses, Countesses, Baronesses, in their robes, and other ladies in cireotes, and gentlewomen ingownes ; all which gentlewomen and ladies sate on the left side of tbe table, and none on the right side ; and when all were thus sett, they were served so quickly, that it was marvellous. As touching the fare, there could be devised no more costly dishes nor subtilties. The Maior of London was served with four-andtwenty dishes at two courses, and so were his brethren, and such as sate at his table. "The Queenekadat her second course four-and-twenty dishes, and thirtie at the third course ; and bctweene the last courses, the Kinges of Armes crowned, and other officers of armes, cried largesse in three parts of the hall; on the right band out of the Cloystcr of St. Stephen's Chappel was made a little closet, in which the Kinge, who took no part in the entertainment, stood with divers ambassadors, to behold the service. The Duke of Suffolke and the Lord William rode oftentimes about the hall, cheering the Lordes, Ladies, and Maior, and his brethren. After they in the hall had dined, they had wafers and ipoerase, and then washed, and stood still in their places tiil the Queene had washed. When shee had partaken of wafers and ipocrasc, and washed, and after the surnape was withdrawn, shee rose, and the Karle of Sussex brought her a void of spices and confections. After him the Maior of London brought a standing cup yf golde, set in a cup of assaye of golde ; after she had drunke, she gave the Maior the cups, according to tbe claim, of the city, thanking him and his brethren for their pains. Then ehee, under her canopie, departed to her chamber, and at the entry of her chamber, gave the canopie, with bells and all, to the Barons of the ports, according to their claime, with great thankes : then the Maior of London, bearing his cup in his band, with his brethren, went through the ball to their barge, and so did all tbe other noblemen and gentlemen, for it was sixc of the elocko." On tho Monday following, there were jousts in the royal tilt yard, before the King and Queen, the nobles and the city functionaries ; audit is worthy of remark, that as not one of Henry's four following wives were crowned, Anne Boleyn may, in this respect, be considered as his most favoured Queen. The coronation festivities had scarcely closed, when Henry, anxious to preserve a friendly relation with foreign powers, despatched ambassadors to the various courts of Europe, with intelligence of his marriage with Anne Boleyn, and a lengthy justification of his conduct. As might have been supposed the news created a great sensation throughout Europe ; and in July, the Pope published a bull, pronouncing the marriage of Henry and Anne unlawful, and excommunicating them if they did not separate by September. In England the marriage was viewed, by the body of the people, as a gross violation of the laws of God and man. Friar Peto openly denounced it from the pulpit of the chapel royal at Greenwich, whilst the King was staying there ; and in other parts of the kingdom the clergy in their sermons told tbe people that the King, to gratify his gross desires, had put away the good Katherine of Arragon, and now sought to establish the succession to the crown by adultery. Cardinal Pole reprehended Henry for his conduct, and called Anne "Jezebel sorceress." But although mortified by the hostile clamours of the nation, and the marked disrespect of many of the independent nobility, Anno now enjoyed all the plenitude of power, pomp and dignity, and experienced unwonted kindness from her toofickle-minded selfish husband. Anne Boleyn had been a wife about eight months when she gave birth to the Princess Elizabeth, who afterwards ascended the throne. This event took place at Greenwich, on the seventh of September, 1533, between three and G C

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