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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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burial, and about tbe same stood all the head officers of the household, as the lord great master, lord chamberlain lord treasurer, comptroller, sorjeant, porter, and four gentlemen-ushers in ordinary, with their staves and rods in their hands ; and when the mould was brought and cast into the grave by the prelate, executing at the words, Pulvispulvcri, cinis drieri, first the lord great master, and after him the lord chamberlain, and. all the rest, brake their staves in shivers upon their heads, and cast them after the corpse into the pit, with exceeding sorrow and heaviness, and not without grievous sighs and tears. " Thisfinished, and Be profundis said, and the grave covered again with planks, Garter stood in the midst of the choir, accompanied with all of his office in their coats of arms, and with a loud voice proclaimed—1 Almighty God, of His infinite goodness, give good life and long to the most high and mighty Prince our Sovereign Lord, King Edward the Sixth, by the grace of God King of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and in earth under God of the church of England and of Ireland the supreme head, and sovereign of the most noble Order oi the Garter.' And with that he cried ' Vive !e noble RoyEdward, and the rest of the officers of arms cried the same three several times after him. Then the trumpets sounded with great melody and courage, to the comfort of all them that were present." Although deprived of a share in the regency, Katherine, on the death of Henry the Eighth, was treated with all the dignity and honour due to the rank of a Queen-consort. Anne of Cleves, be it remembered, was still living, but as Henry, out of his six wives, chose to acknowledge but two, Jano Seymour and Katherine Parr, the regents and council of his succession let the matter so rest ; and in the prayer for the royal family Katherine Parr was prayed for as Queen-Dowager. The death of Henry the Eighth was celebrated at Rome with great rejoicings ; but Cardinal Pole, who alone manifested indifference in the matter, told the Pope that the church had gained nothing by the death of its great enemy, as the regents, the young King Edward, his uncles, and his stop-mother, Katherine Parr, all supported the new learning, and were incorrigible heretics. CIIAPTEE III. Katherine again wooed and won bg Sir Thomas Seymour—She is married to him clandestinely—He wins the affection of the King—The Protector and Council take umbrage at her marriage, and detain her jewels—The Countess of Somersets malice to her—Her husband's freedoms with the Princess Elizabeth—She givesbirth to a daughter, and dies—Her burial—Remains exhumed—Disgracefullyneglected—Closing career and execution of Sir Thomas Seymour—Katherine'sinfant robbed of her patrimony—Grossly neglected—Traditions of her marriage and descendants—Royal relics, S Η E breath scarcely r was out of the body of Henry the Eighth when Katherine Parr's former handsome and accepted lover, Sir Thomas Seyraour7LordSudeley, and High Admiral of England, re newed his addresses to her with such ardour, art, and success, that although he had made several futile attempts to form a splendid alliance, she believed he had remainedabacbelor for her sake, gave him credit for sincere, constant, and disinterested love ; and consented to become his bride before royal etiquette would permit her to publicly receive his

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