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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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that art, singular as it may appear, being at that period deemed, by the German nobles, too light and frivolous to be practised by their ladies at court. On the fourth of September, the marriage-contract was signed at Dusseldorf) Dr. Barnes, the martyr, being Cromwell's most active agent in the matter ; and, early in the same month, a splendid embassy from the German Princes concluded the matrimonial treaty with Henry, at Windsor. At length, ail preliminaries being arranged, Anne, on the fifth of October, bade farewell to her relations and friends, and, attended by a magnificent train, quitted her native city of Dusseldorf, and proceeded on her route to England. The journey was slow, seldom exceeding twenty miles a-day. The royal party, after passing in their progress through Berg, Cleve, Antwerp, Bruges. Dunkirk, and Gravclines, reached the border of Calais on the eleventh of December. Here Anne and her cortege were received by the Lord Lisle, deputy of Calais, with all the cavalry in the garrison, in rich apparel. About a mile from the town, she was met by William Howard, Earl of Southampton, and Lord Admiral of England, Sir Francis Bryan, Gregory Cromwell, brother-in-law to the late Jane Seymour, Sir Thomas Seymour, Sir George Carcw, and other exalted personages. The Lord Admiral was apparelled in a coat of purple velvet, cut on cloth of gold, and tied with great aigulcts and trefoils of gold, to the number of four hundred; and, baudrickwise, he wore an elegant chain, to which hung a whistle of gold set with rich stones of great value. In this company were thirty gentlemen of the royal household, very richly clad, with great and massive chains. Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Thomas Seymour, in particular, wore chains of extraordinary va •uc and strange fashion. The Lord Admiral, also, had a number of gentlemen in blue velvet and crimson satin, and his yeomen in damask of the same colours ; and the mariners of his ships also wore coats and stoppers of blue Bruges. The Lord Admiral welcomed Anne with a low obedience, and conducted her into Calais by the Lantern Gate, where the ships lay in the haven, garnished with banners, pensile, and flags, pleasant to behold ; and at her approach was shot such a peal of guns, that all lier retinue stood amazed. At her entry, the Mayor of Calais presented her with one hundred marks in gold ; and as she passed the Staple Hall, the merchants of the staple humbly saluted her, and presented her with a hundred gold sovereigns in a rich purse, for which she heartily thanked them. She then rode to her lodgings at tbe King's palace, called the Exchequer, where she tarried twentyfive days, for lack of a prosperous wind. During this time she kept open house; and jousts, pageants, banquets, and other goodly royalties were made for her solace and recreation. On St. John's day, being the twentyseventh, Anne and her train, with fifty sail, took passage at noon, and landed at Deal about five o'clock the same day. She was received hy Sir Thomas Cheyney, Lord Warden of the port, and proceeded at once to tho newlv-built castle (probably that of Warmer). Here she was immediately visited by the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk, and the Bishop of Chichester, with a great company of knights and esquires, and the noblest ladies of Kent, who, after cordially welcoming her, conducted her, on the same night, with all possible pomp, to Dover Castle, where she rested till the Monday ; when, although the weather was cold and stormy, she, in compliance with the instructions of her journey, set out for Canterbury. On Barb am Downs she was met by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of Ely, St. Asaph, St. David, and Dover, with a great company of gentlemen, well apparelled, who conducted her to St. Austen's without Canterbury,where she abode that night; and on the next dny she came to Sittingbourne, and there passed the night. On the morrow, being New Year's even, she was met at Eaynam by the Duke of Norfolk, the Lord Darce of the south, and the Lord Mountjoy, with a great company of knights and esquires of Norfolk and Suffolk, and the Barons of the Exehe

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