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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 511



In June, 1532, but five months after tee unfortunate Somerset paid the penalty of bis ambition on the scaffold, Wary, who then resided at her mansion of St. John's, Clerkenwell, paid a visit to her brother at Greenwich Palace. These visits, in the latter years of the young* King's life, were not frequent; nor is this surprizing, for, religious differences set aside, the almost more than eastern ceremonials imposed upon all who approached the boy monarch, must have been to Mary unpleasant, tedious —perhaps disgusting. No one was permitted to address him without kneeling. " I have seen," says TJbaldini, " the Princess Elizabeth drop on one knee five times before her brother ere she ventured to take her seat; and at dinner, if either of his sisters were permitted to eat with him, she sat on a stool or bench at a distance beyond the limits of the royal dais." CHAPTER IV. Edward the Sixth declares Lady Jane Grey his successor, and dies—Northumberland's deceit detected by Mary—She resolves to enforce her right to the crown-Journey to Kenninghall—Writes to the council declaring herself Sovereign—Plants her standard at, Eramlingham Castle — Proclaimed Queen at Norwich, and at London—Break-up of the Northumberland faction—She is joined byElizabeth—Enters London in triumph—Releases the state prisoners in the Tower —Assents to Northumberland's execution—Refuses to bring Jane Grey to the block—Restores the Catholic Church of Henry the Eighth—Rewards her friends —Her kindness to Judge Hates, and to Underwood, the hot-gospeller—Elizabeth abjures the reformed worship. rN?y^^gfrg Ν the spring of 1552, ι ΜίίΐΝίΐΙ --s»Edward was consi iLf^pl LS^?|iyg|S?J ffl^iij, r ^υ·ύίΙΨ ^•^MJ jìì h^-é^c^J^— derably reduced by, successive attacks of small pox and mea sles, and in the suh sequent summer and -winter, be took se veral violent colds, which ultimately settled on his lungs, and evidenced alarming symptoms of consumption. His declining health urged Northumberland —already the most wealthy and powerful noble in the realm — to execute a project he had for some time meditated, of perpetuating his own influence, by marrying bis fourth son, Lord Guildford Dudley, to the Lady Jane Grey,* the grand-daughter of Mary, sister to Henry the blood of their religions opponents; nor wiis this barbarous spirit of persecution allayed in Kngland, till the Protestant-consuming fives, lit up in Mary's reign, had been qnenehed by Catholic blood, during the swav of Eliznbct.li. "'June Grey w;is the eldest daughter of Henry, Duke of Suffolk, by Frances, daughter to Marv. second sister of Henry the Eighth, which Frances, in Henry the Eighth's will, the Eighth, and in the event of the King's death, placing him upon the throne. In June, 1553, the force or tbe persuasion of Northumberland, caused the sick King, by will, to disinherit his sisters Mary and Elizabeth, and bestow the crown on Lady Jane Grey. These illegal doings—the will was not sanctioned by parliament—were kept secret from Mary, who, after paying a visit to tbe King, at the commencement of the year, retired to her favourite retreat of Peauleau (Newball), where she remained till June, when she went to Hunsdon. It was also the policy of the Northumberland faction, on the demise of Edward, in July, to keep his death secret from the public as long as possible, that they might secure the was placed next in succession after the Princess Elizabeth, to the exelnaion of the Scottish line, tbe offspring of his eldest sister. The Lady Jane iras married to Dudley in May 1553, and at tbe same time her sister, Lady Katherine Grey, was united in wedlock to Lord Herbert, the heir of tbe Earl of Pembroke, and a third union was effected between Northumberland's own daughter, Katherine, and Lord Hastings,


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