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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 488

Saint Hieromc [Jerome], that lie did write always to Paula and Eustochium, and in them trust you shall sec good tilings. And sometimes, i'or your recreation, use your virginals orlate if you have any; hut one thing specially I desire you for the love that you owe to God and unto me, to keep your heart with a chaste mind, and your body from all ill and wanton com}mny. Not thinking nor desiring any lusband for Christ's passion, neither determine yourself to any manner of living until this troublesome time be past, for I dare make you sure that you shall see a very good end, and better than you can desire. I would to God, good daughter, that you did know with how good a heart I ilo write this letter unto you; I never did one with a better, for I perceive very well that God lovcth you. I beseech Him of His goodness to continue it; and if it shall fortune that you shall have nobody to be with you of your acquaintance, I think it best you keep your keys yourself, for whosoever it is [meaning whosoever kept her keys] so shall he done as shall please them. And now you shall begin, and by likelihood I shall follow ; I set not a rush by it, for when they have done the uttermost they can, then 1 am sure of amendment. I pray you recommend me unto my good lady of Salisbury, and pray her to have a good heart, for we never come to the kingdom of Heaven but by troubles. Daughter, wheresoever you become take no pain to send to me, for if 1 may I will send to you. " By your loving mother, "KATKEMNE THE QUERN.'' CHAPTER II. Mary present at the birth of Elizabeth—She refuses to call her Princess— her father—Is required to relinquish her title and dignity—Vainly remonstrates —Her household dissolved—I/legitimatized—Resides with Elizabeth at Ilunsdon —Severe reverses—life in danger—Refused to visit her dying mother—Decapitation of Amie lìoleyn changes her fortune—She corresponds with Cromiceli— Through him, writes to the King for mercy—Dis craft prevails—She owns her illegitimacy—Denies her religion—1$ pardoned—Permitted to call Elizabeth sister and not Princess—Household restored—Privy purse expenses. i&ra HERE is every pro-OTS liability that Mary tV was present at the birth of the Princess Elizabeth. The fact, although not hinted at by the chroniclers of England, is re corded by Pollini, and, doubtless, the law of England then, as now, required that the presumptive heir to the crown should be present at the birth of an heir apparent. At this trying period, when Mary, trained from her birth to be frank and candid, was but seventeen, and as yet unskilled in policy or duplicity, the court gossips, ever ready to promote strife, whispered into her ears such scandalous tales about Anne Boleyn, that in an unguarded moment of excitement she expressed to her pre sumed friends, but deadliest foes, a belief that the infant Elizabeth was not her sister. This and other sentiments which her false friends wrung from her by their artifice, were imparted with great exaggeration to the King. Despite the warning of her mother, her intemperate zeal to protect the interests and dignity of that deeply-loved parent had evidently induced her to overstep the bounds of discretion. Her father chided and threatened her, but without effect. She removed towards the end of September to Beaulieu,* and a few days afterwards, her chamberlain, Hussy, delivered a message from the council commanding her to relinquish the title and dignity of Princess, to forbid lier servants to address her as such, and to immediately depart to Hatfield, where * Now Newhall, near Chelmsford.

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