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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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the Xing, seventeen nobles were created Knights of the Bath, to attend her coronation. In accordance with established custom, she went in grand procession through the city on the day preceding her coronation, and never before had the ceremony been performed with such pomp, or excited such general attention. All serious business was suspended, and bosides the citizens, thousands flocked from the country to witness the triumph of the woman, the history of whose romantic fortunes had been the familiar theme of conversation to every country in Europe. " That horses should not slide on the pavement, nor the people be hurt, the high streets through which the Quecne was to passe were all gravelled, from the Tower to Temple-barre, and rayled on each side ; within the rayles stood the crafts, and on tho other side of the streete stood the constables of the city, apparelled in velvet and silkes, with great staves in their handes, to preserve order. When the streets were somewhat ordered, the maior in a gown of crimson velvet, and a rich collar of SS, with two footmen clothed in white and red damaskc, rode to the Tower, to give his attendance on tho Qucene, on whom the sheriffs and their officers did awaite until they came to Tower-hill, where they, taking their leave, rode down the high streets, and so went and stood by the aldermen in Cacane: meanwhile Grace-street and Cornchill were hanged with fine scarlet, crimson, and other grained clothes, and, in places, with rich arras. The most part of Cheape was hanged with cloth of tissue, gold, velvet, and rich hangings, whiche made a goodly shew; and the windows were crowded with ladies and gentlemen, all anxious to beholde the Queene and her traine as they passed. " First in order came twelve Frenchmen belonging to the French ambassador, cloathed in coats of blue velvet, with sleues of yellow and blue velvet, their horses trapped with blew sarsenet powdred with white crosses : after them marched Gentlemen, Esquires, and Knights, two and two : then came the Judges, the Knights of the Bathe, the Abbotts, tho Barons, the Bishops, the Earls and Marquesses, the Lord Chancellor of England, the Archbishop of York, the Ambassador of Venice, tho Archbishop of Canterbury, and the ambassador of France ; after them rode two Esquires of Honour, with robes and caps of estate, representing the Dukes of Normandy and Aquitaine ; then rode the Lord William Howard, with tho Marshall's rod, deputy to his brother the Duke of Norfolk, Marshall of England, and on his righte hand rode Charles Duke of Suffolke, for that day high constable of England, bearing the warder of silver, appertaining to the office of constableship ; and all the Lords for the most part were clothed in crimson velvet, and all the Queene's servants or officers of armes in scarlet : next before the Queene rode her Chancellor, bareheaded, the Serjeants and officers at armes rode on both side of the Lordes. Then came the Queene in a white litter of white cloth of gold, not covered or braided, which was drawn by two palfries clad in white damaske down to the ground, head and all, and led by her footmen; she had on a kirtle of white cloth of tissue, and a mantle of the same, furred with ermine, her hair hanging downe, but on her head she bad a coif, with a circlet about it, full of rich stones ; over her was borne a richly wrought canopy of cloth of gold carried by four Knights. Next after the Queene rode the Lord Browgh, her chamberlaine ; then William Coffin, master of her horses, leading a spare horse, with a side-saddle trapped down with cloth of tissue : after him rode seven ladies, in rich crimson velvet, and cloth of gold on horses trapped with gold : then followed two chariots, covered with red cloth of gold ; in the first chariot were the old Duchess of Norfolk and the Marchioness of Dorset", in the second, four ladies all in crimson velvet ; after them rode seven ladies in the same suite, their horses trapped and all ; then came the fourth chariot, all red, with eight ladies, also in crimson velvet : after whom followed thirty gentlewomen all in velvet and silke, in the livery of their ladies, on whom they gave their attendance ; after them followed the guarde, in coates of goldsmithe's worke,

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