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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 331

whose Queen had just died, seriously contemplated marrying Elizabeth himself, he returned a favourable answer ; and collecting an army of two thousand men, sailed from Harlleur, and on the seventh of August landed at Milford-Haven, in Wales. He directed his course to that part of the kingdom, in hopes that the Welsh, who regarded him as their countryman, and who were already prepossessed in favour of his cause, would join his standard. Meanwhile, Richard, aware of the contemplated rising, but not knowing in what quarter to expect the invader, had taken post to Nottingham, in the centre of the kingdom ; and having given commissions to different persons, in the several counties, whom he empowered to oppose his enemy, he proposed to fly in person, on the first alarm, to the place exposed to danger. Thomas and William Herbert were entrusted with his authority in Wales ; but the former deserted to Henry of Richmond, the second made hut feeble opposition to him, and Henry, advancing towards Shrewsbury, received every day some reinforcement from his partizans. Sir Gilbert Talbot joined him, with all the vassals and retainers of the family of Shrewsbury. Sir Thomas lïourchcr and Sir Walter Hungerford brought their friends to share his fortunes, and the appearance of men of distinction in his camp, made already his causo wear a favourable aspect. Richard, however, was exposed to more danger from the infidelity of his pretended friends, than from the zeal of his open enemies. Scarcely any nobleman of distinction was sincerely attached to his cause, except the Duke of Norfolk. Rut the persons of whom he entertained the greatest suspicion, were Lord Stanley and his brother, Sir William, whose connections with the family of Richmond, notwithstanding their professions of attachment to his person, were never entirely forgotten or overlooked by him. When he empowered Lord Stanley to levy forces, he still retained his eldest son, Lord Strange, as a pledge for his fidelity, and that nobleman was on this account obliged to employ great caution and reserve in his proceedings. He raised a powerful body of his friends and retainers in Cheshire and Lancashire; but, as he did not openly declare himself, the army on both sides entertained doubts of his integrity. When Henry reached Tamworth, he resolved, as Stanley was encamped at Atherstone, to have a personal interview with him, to sound his intentions. The meeting took place at night, on the open moor of Atherstone ; and after Stanley had explained to him, that to save the life of his son, whom the usurper retained as an hostage, it was necessary for him not to declare against Richard till the moment when the battle joined, Henry departed, apparently satisfied with the explanation ; hut on his return, he lost his road, and, as Richard with his army, had already advanced to Leicester, a dread of falling into the hands of Richard's scouts, prevented him from inquiring his way. However, after wandering for some hours, he knew not whither, he knocked at the door of a lonely hut, and the master, a poor shepherd, gave him refreshment, and conducted him in safety to Tamworth, where he rejoined his army, not, however, before his absence had excited fears for his safety. On the morrow the two armies met on the heath of Redmore, near liosworth, and the next day was fought that battle, which cost Richard his life, and enabled Richmond to ascend the throne as Henry the Seventh. The night before the battle, Richard's rest was disturbed by evil presentiments and horrid dreams; indeed, ever since the murder of the Princes in the Tower, his mind had been the prey of doubts and fears. " I have heard," says More, " by credible report, of such as were secret with his chambercrs, that he never had quiet in his mind, never thought himself sure. When he went abroad his eyes whirled about, bis body privily fenced, his hand ever on his dagger, his countenance and manner like one always ready to strike again, He took ill rest at night, lay long waking and musing, sore wearied with care and watch, rather slumbered than slept, troubled with fearful dreams, sometimes started up, leaped out of bed, and run

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