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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 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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lead and coffin, and decently buried in another place, that at least her body might rest in peace, •whereas the chapel where she now lies is used for the keeping of rabbits, which make holes, and scrateli very irreverently about the royal remains." The ruins of Sudeley Chapel, with the very small remains of the castle, now a farm house, were visited, in 1828, by Mr, Lawson, who says, " I am sorry to report that Queen Katlicrine's remains have not been rc-deposited with the honour and historical respect due to the royal and noble lady, for, instead of their being replaced within the walls, in their own grave, and secured from further intrusion, they are buried in a lean-to building, outside the north wall, in which divine service is sometimes performed, to preserve the right as a parochial church." In this rude lean-to, we are informed, at the hour we write, the remains of the first Protestant Queen of England repose, with nothing to preserve them from further outrage, beyond the covering of a few feet of earth—a circumstance reflecting discredit on the English nation, hut which might easily be rectified by the proprietor of the ruins of Sudelry, by the lîïshop of the diocese, by the Government, or by a small subscription from the people themselves: nay, tho gentle ones of England alone might ; and were the circumstance sufficiently known, we feel assured, would raise the means to forthwith secure from further desecration the sacred dust of the royal lady, who, at tho risk of her life, supported and defended our holy reli gion, and saved the University of Cambridge from impending destruction, To return to Sir Thomas Seymour; the unexpected demise of his beloved wife—till the last day be anxiously anticipated her recovery—so overcame him, that in the hour of mental anguish ho wrote to the Marquis of Dorset, the father of Lady Jane Grey, requesting him to have that accomplished lady home again, as he intended to dismiss his household. About a month afterwards he wrote again to Dorset, declaring that when he had before written, "he was so clean amazed at the death of his beloved Queen-Do wager, that he paid small regard to what he said or did;" but since being more composed, he had resolved to retain his establishment, and having placed his beloved mother, Lady Seymour, at its head, he requested the return of his ward, Lady Jane, with an assurance that both he and his mother would shew her every kindness. Shortly afterwards the Admiral removed to lìradgate, Lady Jane returned to bis house, and he zealously renewed his project of marrying her to King Edward. The proud, deceitful Duchess of Somerset cajoled him into a belief that now Katherine Parr was no more, she entertained naught but good-will towards him. A hollow reconciliation ensued ; l'or a period the brothers visited each other. But their political ambition destroyed the truce. The Admiral fiercely demanded the royal jewels and stuff which tho Protector and council had detained from him during Katherine's life-time, urged the injustice of Fausterne being retained from him, and aspired to the hand of the Princess Elizabeth. He bribed her governess and won her affections, and as a clandestine marriage would by her father's will have annulled her right to the succession, resolved to extort what would not otherwise be granted, the consent of tbe council. For this purpose be sought the friendship of the discontented nobles; exerted all his art and power to win the applause of the people ; endeavoured by many accusations to render tbe government of his brother odious to tho nation^ and to excite the young King's jealousy against him ; boasted of the great command of men which his office of High Admiral conferred upon him ; provided a large quantity of arms for his followers, and gained over the master of the mint to take measures for supplying him with a large sum of money on any sudden emergency. At length, the Protector, with a view to crush so dangerous a rival, surrounded him with spies ; the taunts and threats which he continued to throw out put his enemies on the scent; and in the midst of his jealous, ambitious schemes he was suddenly sur

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