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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.
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Lhising heart, which rendered her an endearing wife, and a Queen go gracious and beneficent, that after her death she was long remembered by the people under the appellation of the " Good Queen Anne." John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, wished the King to marry one of his daughters, but the alliance was objected to, and the choice of the council fidi upon Anne of Bohemia. Sir Simon Burly was deputed to go to Germany and negociate the marriage ; and on his reaching Prague, and opening the business, the Empress despatched to the Court of England Duke Primislaus, of Saxony, whose report being favourable both the Emperor and Richard appointed procurators to treat of the marriage ; and shortly afterwards, Anne, of her own free will, nominated procurators on her own part. In their subsequent proceedings, the procurators stipulated that Anne should be married and crowned within a given time, and have conferred on her all the honours and income usually enjoyed by the Queens of England; and the preliminaries were concluded by Anne herself writing a letter to the English council, declaring that she accepted King Richard of her own free will and choice. Preparations were next commenced for the marriage, but ere they were brought to a conclusion the formidable Wat Tyler insurrection happened in England, and absorbed the whole attention of the King and his advisers. These troubles quelled, the arrangements of the marriage were proceeded with, and towards the close of the year 1381, the Princess Anne set out for England, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Saxony, and a large retinue. Erom Bohemia she proceeded through her uncle's Duchy oi Brabant to Brussels, where, detained by a fear of being captured, she tarried for about a month, it being reported that the French King intended to cam' her off, and that, for this purpose, twelve large Norman warships were coasting between Calais and Holland. Her uncle sent envoys to King Charles of France, who, for the love he bore to his cousin Anne, granted passports for her and her suite,—an act of condescension which greatly pleased the royal bride and all concerned. From Brussels Anno and her train were escorted by one hundred spears through. Ghent and Bruges to Gravelines, where she was met by the Earls of Devonshire and Salisbury, who, with an escort of five hundred spears, and the same number of archers, conducted her in safety to Calais, where an English embassy awaited her arrival. From Calais she sailed without delay, and landed at Dover just in timo to escape the destructive effects of a violent ground swell, which before her very face rent into pieces the ship in which she had voyaged, and tossed and greatly injured the rest of the fleet. After tarrying two days at Dover to repose herself, she proceeded on her journey to Canterbury, whence the King's uncle, Thomas, conducted her with great pomp to London. On approaching the metropolis she was met by the Mayor, aldermen, and commons, in grand procession, and welcomed to the City with an enthusiasm which she remembered with pleasure to the day of her death. On this occasion all the mysteries of the City were arrayed in vestures of red and black, each mystery wearing its own conuzance thereon. The most splendid of these were the goldsmiths, who, on the red of their dresses, wore bars of silver-work and powders of trefoils and silver, and each man of the same mystery, to the number of seven score, had upon the black part fine knots of gold and silk, and upon their heads they wore hats covered with red, and powdered with trefoils. They also hirea and richly apparelled seven minstrels to do honour to the Ciesar's sister, as they called the imperial bride, at an expense of four pounds sixteen shillings and a penny; whilst, at their own cost, was erected, at the upper end of Cheapsìde, a castle with four towers, on two sides of which ran fountains of wine. From these towers beautiful damsels with white vestures blew towards the King and Queen small shreds of gold leaf, and showered upon them counterfeit florins. This, the most striking of the several pageants, was

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