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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 532

might enter unless his errand were first known, which gave deep offence to the people. In September, a proclamation enjoining all vagabonds and servants out of place to quit London in five days, bore marks of the like gloomy distrust, In the last month of 1554, and not, as general history asserts, in the spring of 1505, Mary restored Elizabeth to liberty and royal favour. On this occasion, Elizabeth was conducted, at ten at night, to the royal apartments at Hampton Court. The Queen received her in her bed-chamber. The Princess, on entering, knelt down, as became a true and lawful bubject, adding : " I do not doubt your Majesty will one day find me to be such, whatever reports may have stated to the contrary." " Then you will not confess your offence?" said Mary, angrily. " I am innocent of tho crimes imputed to me," rejoined the Princess ; " and on that account ask pardon and mercy at the hands of your .Majesty," " As you stand so stiffly on your innocence, belike you have been wrongfully imprisoned?" " I must not say so to your Grace." " But perhaps you will to others ?" " No," replied Elizabeth; " ί have borne it, and must bear it, without a murmur. But I humbly beseech your Grace to deem me what I am, and ever have been, your true and loyal subject." The Queen murmured, " God knoweth," and muttering to herself, turned away. Presently afterwards she returned, exclaiming, "Sister, be you innocent or guilty, 1 forgive you !" She then, as a mark of royal favour, put a ring upon Elizabeth's finger, of the value of seven hundred crowns, and after recommending to her Sir Thomas Pope, not, as some party writers have it, as a gaoler, but what, indeed, be proved to he, a kind, worthy, agreeable man, wellfitted to fill tho office of comptroller of her household, dismissed her with tokens of kindness.* * The story that Philip interceded for Elizabeth, caused her to he sent for, and, during this interview, was hid behind the tapestry, in order to protect her from the violence of Although Elizabeth's lolly in encouraging Dr. Dee and other fortune-tellers, and the political intrigues of lier servants, caused her to be afterwards placed under something like restraint, she never lost the privilege of access to the Queen. On tho eleventh of November, Mary, attended by King Philip, opened her third Parliament in person. Being about to re-establish the Pope's supremacy, she was particularly anxious for the restoration of all the church lauds and property seized by her father, and distributed amongst his partizans; but finding the nobility and gentry more bent on retaining their lands and money than their religion, she declared she must content herself with setting them the example, by devoting the crown lands to the support of learning and the relief of tbe destitute. Her council assured her, if she did so, she would leave herself without revenues to support the splendour of her crown. " I am sorry if it be so," she replied ; " but I prefer tbe peace of my conscience to ten such crowns." Mary had already treated with the Pope for the re-establishment of his authority in England, and Cardinal Pole, who was now in Elanders, invested with the office of legate, only awaited the repeal of the attainder passed against him in tho reign of Henry the Eighth. This being done by the present Parliament, Sir Edward Hastings, Lord Paget, Sir William Cecil, and ethers, conducted him to England. From Gravesend he proceeded by water to Westminster, with a large silver cross, the emblem of his dignity, fixed in the prow of his barge. The Queen, the King, and Bishop Gardiner welcomed him at Whitehall, and his arrival was marked by a tournament and other festivities. On the twenty-eighth of November, the Queen being indisposed, she convened the Lords and Commons in the presence chamber at Whitehall. Here, in the presence of the Parliament, she reclined on the throne, Philip was seated the Queen, if necessary, is not authenticated by documents of the period ; and there is little doubt but it is one of the many fictions invented to blacken the character of Mary. L Ii

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