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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 530



eidencc at the episcopal palace, on the twenty-third of July.* Meanwhile, Philip landed on. the twentieth of July, and tbe moment he set his foot on the beach be was met bv a deputation of the privy council, ant! invested with the insignia of the Order of the Garter. The Queen bad scut him a beautiful Spanish genet, and as be rode first to the church of Holy liood in Southampton, and then to his lodgings, supposed to be Wolvesley Palace, the people greeted him with hearty cheers, and royal salutes were fired by the batteries and the ships in the harbour. Tbe next day, being Friday, he attended mass with several English nobles. On Saturday it rained incessantly; nevertheless, Gardiner, attended by fifty gentlemen, rode from Winchester to offer him their congratulations. The day following, he, in compliance with the marriage treaty, sent away most of his Spanish attendants ; he then despatched Ins grand chamberlain with a present of valuable jewels to the Queen, and after mass, at a public dinner, was waited upon by the newly-appointed officers of his English household. After dinner, he, to court popularity, told the English Lords, in a Latin speech, " That he had come to live amongst * The following royal order, supposed tn have been issued by Mary for the very odd vehicle in which the chief officers of her household travelled on this occasion, is a singular witness of the rude taste of the English in the middle of the fifteenth i-entury, *' By tho Queen, " M A BY, THE QUEKX. " W e will and command you forthwithe, uppon the sight hereof, ye deliver, or ci-nse to be delivered, to our trustee and well-heloved servaunte Edmonie Standoli, dark of our stable, one wagon of tymbre work for ladles anil gentlewomen of our privye chambre, with wheels, axeItrees,strakes,nayles,clowts, and all manor of work theretoo appertaynitig; line redde cloths to kever and line the samii wagon, fringed with redde silk and lyned with redde huckeram, paynted with redde colours ; collera drawghts of redde leather, hamer cloths with our arms and badges of Our colours, and all other things appertayning unto the same wagon ; and theses our letters Ehall be your sufficient ìvarrannte and discharge on this behalf at all tymcs. Y'jven [given] under our signet, at our manor of Westminster, the twenty-eighth day of Aprili, in the tbirdc and fourths years of our reign.' them, not as a foreigner, but as a native of England ;" and, to give the example, be drank some ale, a beverage be then tasted for the first time. His manner, however, was stiff and cold; and although be was " well proportioned of body, aim, leg. and every other limb," the expression of his countenance was gloomy and forbidding. On Monday morning ho set out in grand state to Winchester. Me and his suite were escorted by the Earl of Pembroke, at tbe head of two hundred and fifty nobles and knights, and one hundred archers, all mounted on horseback. When tbe cavalcade started, a heavy July rain was pouring down : at a distance of two miles from Southampton, a knight riding post requested, him in the Queen's name, to proceed no further; but, despite rain, wind, lightning, thunder, lie journeyed onward, and that too at such a slow, solemn pace, that, although the distance was but ten miles, be did not reach Winchester till past six in the evening. At the city gates the mayor presented him with the keys of the city, which he returned, and ut tbe same instant a royal salute was fired by the garrison. He then proceeded, with Spanish gravity, to the Dean of Winchester's house, and after changing his dress, went to the cathedral, where Gardiner and a procession of ecclesiastics singing Te Deum, met him, and after prayers conducted him through the cathedral to the dean's house, where ho resided till after bis marriage. At ten in tbe evening he had a private interview with the Queen at the bishop's palace ; at three the next afternoon Mary gave him a public audience at the episcopal palace, where she kissed him in presence of the multitude in the great hall. The next day (July the twenty-fifth), being the festival of St. James, the patron saint of Spain, was appointed for the performance of the marriage. The royal nuptials were solemnized, not by the unfortunate Cranmer, whose right it was, but by Gardiner assisted, by the Bishops of London, Durham, Chichester, Lincoln, and Ely, in Winchester Cathedral, before crowds of English and foreign nobles, the Queen, accompanied by her magnificent bridal


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