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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 243

uncleSj and the other lords, visited the French King in his tent. They were received with extreme honour and courtesy. The dinner-tables were laid out with fare the richest, choicest, and most varied, whilst the profusion of plate on the sideboards was dazzling to behold, The two Kings sat at table by themselves, the French King at the top, and the English King at the bottom. They were served by the Dukes of Bern, Burgundy, and Bourbon, and the last being a droll, merry fellow, greatly amused them with his witty remarks. The dinner over, and after wine and spices had been taken, the young Queen, attended by a splendid train of ladies and damsels, entered the tent and there was delivered to the King of England, who immediately afterwards took his departure. Isabella of Valois was placed in a rich litter made expressly for her ; but of all the French ladies in her train only the Lady de Courcy went with her, for there were present the Duchess of Lancaster, York, and Gloucester, the Ladies Namur and Poinings, and many other noble English ladies, all of whom received her with great joy. When the ladies were ready, King liichard, accom- Îianied by the English nobles and their adies, departed with the infant princess, and overcome by the fatigue of a long, wearisome journey, reached Calais the same night. On All-Saints' Day, Isabella of Valois was married to Richard the Second, in the church of St. Nicolas, at Calais, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, amid great feast and rejoicing. On the morrow, Richard and his bride, after receiving a short visit from the Dukes of Orleans and Bourbon, embarked for England. During the passage which, as the wind was favourable, occupied under three hours, a terrific storm arose and parted the fleet ; but, although the tents and valuable stores were lost, the voyagers landed at Dover in safety. After partaking of refreshments at Dover Castle, the King and Queen proceeded with their noble train through Rochester and Dartford to Eltham, and thence to London. At Blackheath they were met by a procession of the Londoners in grand array, who escorted them to Kennington, where the King and Queen took up their lodging. On the thirteenth of November, the young Queen, with a courtly bevy of ladies, was conducted with royal pomp from Kennington through Southwark to the Tower, when such a multitude of people went to see her, that on London Bridge nine persons were tramnlcd to death. On the following day she was conveyed in state from the Tower to Westminster, where the King awaited her arrival, and where she was crowned with regal magnificence on the seventh of January, 1397. By Isabella's marriage treaty it was stipulated that her portion should be eighty thousand crowns, to be paid by annual instalments ; that the existing truce between the two nations should be prolonged for twenty-eight years ; and, to the indignation of the Duke of Gloucester and bis partizans, that the heirs of her body should not derive from their mother's descent any additional claim to the French crown. Besides five hundred thousand crowns' worth οf plate and j e wels, Isabella brought with her an extensive and magnificent wardrobe, and embroidered satin chamber hangings, the most rich and beautiful money could procure. Shortly after her coronation, the infant Queen proceeded to Windsor, where she principally abode, and was educated under the superintendence of the King's cousin-germ an, Lady de Courcy. The alliance with France, and the heavy expenses incurred by this marriage, greatly offended the nation. The popular party made court to the prejudices of the people by inveighing against both the debt and the truce with Franco. After a struggle, which cost the Duke of Gloucester and the Earl of Arundel their lives, Richard succeeded in establishing a reign of terror, which, however, led in a short time to his own deposition and dreadful death, In the summer of this year a rumour was circulated that the Duke of Gloucester had formed a plan with his former associates, Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Earls of Arundel and

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