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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.
page 429

ers and the guard departed to furnish the court and hall of Greenwich. When the King had talked with Anne awhile [through an interpreter], he put her on his right hand, and so with their footmen they rode as though they had been coupled together. Ob, what a sight was this, to see so goodly a prince, so noble a King, to ride with so fair a lady, of so goodly a stature, so womanly a countenance, and especially of so good qualities! I think no creature could see them, but his heart rejoiced. "When the King and Anne had met, and their companies joined, they returned through the ranks of knights and esquires, who stood still all the time. First in order came her twelve trumpeters, and two kettle drums on horseback. Then the King's councillors, then tbe gentlemen of thé privy chamber ; then the gentlemen of her Grace's country, in coats of velvet, all on great horses. After them, the Mayor of London in crimsonvelvet, with a rich collar, coupled with the youngest baron ; then all the barons ; nest followed bishops, then earls, with whom rode the Earls of Waldeck and Overstein of her country; then came the Dukes, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Duke Fhillip of Bavaria, followed by the ambassadors, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Chancellor, and the Lord Marquess, with the King's sword. Next followed the King himself, riding with his fair lady, and behind him rode Sir Anthony Brown, with theKing's horse of estate, and behind her rode Sir John Dudley, master of her horses, leading her spare palfrey, trapped in rich tissue down to the ground. After them followed the pages of honour, then followed the Lady Margaret Douglas, the Lady Marquess Dorset, the Duchess of Richmond and Suffolk, the Countesses of Rutland and Hertford, and other Countesses. Then followed her Grace's chariot, which was well carved and gilt, with the arms of her country curiously tlewomen of her country, all richly apparelled with caps adorned with pearles and great chains of divers fashion, after the usage of their country, and with them rode six ladies of England well beseen. Then followed another chariot likewise gilt, and furnished as the other was, and succeeded by ten English ladies well apparelled. Next to them came another chariot, covered with black cloth, in which were four gentlewomen, her Grace's chamberers ; then followed all the remnant of the ladies, gentlewomen, and maidens in great number, which did wear that day French hoods ; [and singular to relate], after them came her Grace'sthree launderers [washerwomen], in another chariot all black, and which was followed by a horse litter of cloth of gold, and crimson velvet upon velvet paled or striped, with horses trapped accordingly, which the King had presented to her Grace. And last came the serving men of her train all clothed in black and on great coursers [like the Flemish breed of dray horses]." Hall, who like most of the spectators of this goodly show, had no idea of the false part the King was playing, proceeds : " In this order they rode through the ranks, and through the park, and at the late Friars wall, all men alighted, save the King, the two masters of the horse, and the henchmen, which rode to the hallj door, and the ladies rode to the court gate. As they passed they beheld from the wharf, how the citizens of London were rowing up and down the Thames before them, every craft in his barge garnished with banners, flags, streamers, pensils and targets, some painted and beaten with the King's arms, some with her Grace's arms, and some with the arms of their craft or mystery. Besides the barges of every craft, there was a barge made like a ship, called the bachelors' barge, decked with cloth of gold, pennions, and pensils, and with targets in great number, on which wrought, and covered with cloth of gold. Iwaited a froyst [a sort of gun-boat], All the horses were trapped with black ] that shot great pieces of artillery. In velvet, and on them rode pages of honor ιevery barge were divers sorts of instruin coats of velvet. In the chariot rode \ ments, and children and men singing, two ladies of her country. Next after j which sang and played together in sweet the chariot, followed six ladies and gen-, chorus, as the King and the lady passed

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