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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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which, had been abstracted from the royal cabinet at Whitehall, bat which could not be found, as they had already been sent to Home, where they may still be seen in the Vatican library, seventeen in number, but without dates. Wolscy's fall was rapid. Λ false charge of premunire was brought against him. The blow, although not unexpected, plunged him in despair, lie knew, he said, there was a ( night crow" (meaning Anne Boleyn), that possessed the royal ear, and misrepresented the most harmless of his actions. He therefore resigned the seals, transferred to the King the whole of his property, pleaded guilty to the indictment, and threw himself without reserve on the royal mercy. He then prevailed upon Sir Henry Norris to intercede for him with his fair foe, and from time to time anxiously inquired of him, " Yf the dysplcasure of' my ladye Anne be somewhat asswaged, as her favour was the only help and remedy." In allusion to his situation, the Bishop of Bayonne Gays in one of his letters, " I have been to visit the Cardinal in his distress, and have witnessed tho most striking change of fortune. He explained to me his hard case in the worst rhetoric that ever was beard. Both his tongue and his heart failed him. He recommended himself to the pity of the King and Madame (Francis and his mother) with sighs and tears, and at last left me without saying anything near so moving as his appearance. His face is dwindled to half its natural size. In truth, his misery is such, that his enemies, Englishmen as they are, cannot help pitying him. Still they will carry tilings to extremities. As for his legation, the seals, his authority, &c, he thinks no more of them. He is willing to give up everything, even the shirt from his back, and live in hermitage, if tbe King will but desist from his displeasure." In December 1529, the Cardinal became dangerously ill, which so alarmed Henry that he exclaimed, " God forbid that he should die ! I would not lose him for twenty thousand pounds." He immediately dispatched Dr. Butts and three other physicians to the Cardinal's aid, and, as a further assurance of his unabated attachment, sent him a valuable ring, and compelled Anne Boleyn to forward him a tablet of gold for a token of reconciliation. The kindness of tbe King quieted the agitation of Wolsey's mind, and restored him to health ; but his enemies allowed him no peace. His vicinity to tbe court displeased Anne and her friends ; Norfolk sent him word that he would tear him with his teeth if he did not instantly depart to the north ; and shortly after his departure, Anne, to satisfy her vengeance, caused him to be arrested for high treason, which so overpowered his already broken spirits, that on the twenty-ninth of November, a dysentery put a period to hia existence, and saved the executioner the unpleasant office of striking off hia bead. On the removal of Wolsey, a new cabinet was formed, consisting of the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, Anne's father, Viscount Kochford, afterwards created Earl of Wiltshire, Sir Thomas More, Sir William Fitzwilliam and Dr. Stephen Gardener. These six formed the council; but, according to the report of the French ambassador, Anne Boleyn was the real minister, who through her father, and her uncle the Duke of Norfolk, ruled the cabinet, and by the exercise of her charms completely swayed the mind and will of her royal wooer. In obtaining and preserving this empire, Anne discovered more than ordinary energy and powers of understanding. Of her strength of character she is said to have given several convincing proofs. On one occasion she persuaded Henry to visit a spot in Woodstock forest, said to be haunted, and of which there was a prediction extant that the King who approached it would instantly die ; and sue enjoyed with him the triumph he had obtained over his superstitious fears. Another instance related by Wyatt,shows what little regard she paid to pretended prophecies. "There was conveyed to her," says Wyatt, " a book pretending old prophecies, wherein was represented the figure of some personages with the letter Η upon one, A upon another, and Κ unon

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