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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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King, she "was annoyed by her servants being discharged for obeying her orders, and their places being filled by others, sworn to follow the instructions of the King's immediate advisers. Her confessor, Forest, was imprisoned and pronounced guilty of high treason. In 1534,byact of parliament, her marriage with Henry was declared unlawful and null, and her daughter excluded from the succession. She believed that Sir Thomas More and Bishop Fisher had been executed solely on account of their attachment to her cause, and she was surrounded by spies, who reported her very words and acts to the King ; but, galling as it was to be so circumstanced, the hope she entertained that thePrincess Mary would some day be called to the throne, induced her to refuse her nephew's offer, of a safe and honourable asylum in Spain or Flanders, and was the real cause why she so obstinately refused to forego her title of Queen. Money she had not, and Henry provided for her so poorly, that in one of her letters she declared, that she had not even the means of riding out. Burnet says, in the matter of the Holy Maid of Kent (a nun subject toepileptic fits, and mistaken by many for a prophetess) " she had some meddling." But this" is evidently an error ; not a document exists to implicate her in the matter. The nun, it is true, had prophesied that if Henry repudiated Katherine, he would die within a month afterwards ; but this in effect was only uttering the sentiments of a majority of the male and all the female population, who in their hearts believed that the King richly deserved the fate that the epileptic had declared awaited him. Besides, when brought to the scaffold, neither the Holy Maid of Kent, nor her abettors, in their confessions dropped even a hint that Katherine or her Mends had advised the epileptic to touch upon the subject of the royal divorce; and the after-conduct of ifenry, warrants the asscrtion,thathad it been possible, he would only have been too glad to implicate his deserted Queen in a transaction that would have placed her life at his mercy. Declining health now induced Katherine to express a desire to remove to some more genial spot in the neighbourhood of London. A more ill-timed request could not well have been made. As before remarked, Pope Clement, previously to bis death, had pronounced a verdict in favour of her marriage, and in September, 1524, the new Pope, Paul, threatened to excommunicate the King and Anne, if they continued to live together as man and wife ; a proceeding which so irritated the brutal Henry, that he vented his spleen on Katherine, by charging Cromwell to order her removal to the notoriously unhealthfully-situated castle of Fotherinjray ; and to add to her annoyance, the Duke of Suffolk was sent to superintend her removal, and force her servants to abjure their oaths to her as Queen, and swear "faith, truth, and obedience, only to the King's Majesty, and to the heirs of his body, by his most dear and entirely beloved lawful wife, Queen Anne." Suffolk purposely performed his mission with incivility and harshness. In a letter addressed to Norfolk, he pronounced Katherine the most obstinate of women, and declared that he had sent her two chaplains to prison because they would not take the new oath ; but this severity only excited the indignation of the other members of her household. They declared to take the new oath would be perjury; and as Katherine would not consent to consider them as her dutiful servants, if they addressed her as Princess Dowager, they peremptorily refused to do so. However, after Katherine had announced, in an earnest petition, that if her attendants took any other oath than the one they had taken, to serve her and the King, she should consider her life not safe in their hands, she was permitted to retain her confessor, her physician, and her apothecary, all three Spaniards, and two male and three female servants. These difficulties were scarcely arranged, when another formidable obstacle presented itself. Katherine, aware of the insalubrity of Fotheringay castle, plainly said she would never go thither unless bound by ropes. In this dilemma Suffolk wrote for advice ; and Henry, dreading to proceed to further extremities, appointed the castle of Kimbolton as the AA

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