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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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all imperialists, if any such there be in his court, and to take especial care that no mischievous wags, or eoxcomical jesters accompany him, a species of character utterly detested by the English." It was probably at this period, that Wyatt, beholding in Anne his future Queen, addressed to her the following elegant and tender verses : " Forget not yet the tried intent Of such a truth as I have meant. My great travail so gladly spent— Forget not yet. " Forget not yet whenfirst began The merry life ye knew since when The suit the service none tell can— Forget not yet. " Forget not yet the great assays The cruel wrong, the scornful ways, •The painful patience and delays— Forget not yet, " Forget not, oli ! forget not this, How long ago have been and is The miud that never meant amiss— Forget not yet. " Forget not now thine own approved, The which so long hath thee so loved, Whose atedfast faith yet never moved— Forget not yet." On the eleventh of October, Anne lioleyn, attended by the Marchioness of Derby and several other ladies of the first quality, accompanied Henry to Calais, where, on the seventeenth, Henry settled upon her lands in Hertc, Somerset, Essex, and Wales ; and the grand Master of France sent her a present of choice grapes, pears, and other fruit. On the twenty-first the King and his s uite proceeded to Boulogne, where Francis the First, King of France, who, to the disappointment of Anne, brought no ladies with him, entertained them with gorgeous magnificence and profuse liberality. Four days afterwards the French King and his nobles accompanied the English to Calais, where they remained the same time, and were feasted and entertained with a profusion and splendour little short of that displayed in the celebrated Field of Gold. " On Sunday at night," says Hall, " the French King supped with the King of England, in a chamber hanged with tissue raised with silver, pancd with cloth of silver raised with gold, and the seams of the same were covered with brode wrethes of goldsraithcs work, full of pre-j cious stones and perles. In this chamber there was a cupboard seven stages high, all full of plate gold, and no gilt plate. Besides that there hong in the said chamber ten branches of silver gilt, and ten branches all white silver, every branch hanging by a long chain of the same sute, beryng five lightes of wax. To tell the riches of the clothes of estate, the basins, and other vessels whiche were there occupied, I assure you my wit is insufficient, for there was nothing occupied that night but all of gold. The French Kyng was served three courses, and his meat dressed after the French fasion, and the King of England had like courses after the English fasion. The first course of every kind was forty dishes, the second sixty, the third seventy, which were costly and pleasant. "After supper came in the Marchioness of Pembroke, with seven ladies in masking apparel of straunge fashion, made of cloth of gold, compassed with criniosyn tinscll satin, puffed with cloth of silver, liyng lose and knit with laces of gold. These ladies were brought into the chamber by foure damoiselles apparelled incrimosin sattyn with tabardes* of pine cipres. The Lady Marchioness took the French King, the Countess of Derby took the King of Navarre, and every lady took a lorde. In dancing the King of England took away the ladies visors, so that their beauties were shown. Tho French King then discovered that he had danced with Anne Boleyn, the gay and beautiful maid of honour to his first Queen." He conversed with her for some little time apart, and the next morning sent her as a present a jewel valued at fifteen thousand crowns. "On the thirtieth of October, the two Kings departed out of Calais, and alighted on a fair green spot near Sardyng field, where the Englishmen served the Frenchmen with wine, ypocras fruit and spice abundantly. When the two Kings had communed a little, they mounted their horses, and at the very cnteryng of the French groundethey toke * The tabard waa a sort of tunic or mantle, then in vogue, which covered the body before and behind, and reached below the loins, but opened at the sides from the shoulders downwards.

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