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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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for her dresses, from his purse ; and at length indulged the habit of calling him husband, whilst he, in return, styled her wife. That he might enjoy more of the society of Katherine, iJerham quitted the service of her uncle, and obtained the post of gentleman-usher to the Duchess. His conduct at this period (which will he hereafter more fully detailed) at length aroused the suspicion of the old Duchess, who, whenever she missed him, was wont to exclaim, " Heart alive, where is Derham ! Surely he is again with Katherine in the maid's chamber!"* Once she unexpectedly entered the chamber, and caught him and Katherine romping together, which so enraged her, that she boxed both their cars ; and told him, although he was their relation, he certainly should bo dismissed if he again indulged in such gross improprieties. Hitherto, Katherine's tender years had prevented the Duchess from suspecting the dreadful truth ; but, ultimately, tho amours, with all their revolting details, were imparted to the careless guardian by one of her women who had been privy to the whole business, and who, to save her own reputation, made the disclosure. Again was Katherine severely chastised by the enraged Duchess ; and Derham, to avoid the punishment his crimes merited, took a hasty farewell of Katherine, saying, "Thou wilt never live to tell me thou hast swerved !" and fled to Ireland, where he joined a band of lawless pirates. That the illustrious Howards might not be disgraced, tho matter was hushed up ; Katherine was placed under a wholesome restraint, and the immoral women, whose polluting influence had warped her mind, were discharged from the Duchess's household. Katherine, however, could not immediately forget her exiled lover; and, despite the vigilance of her guardian, employed the pen of a female in the house, named Jane Ac worth (she herself being unable to write), to secretly correspond with him. Hut, after a time, Jane * Tlic apartment where the ladies of her household sat together, doing stitching, epinning, and other light genteel work. Acworth married a Mr. Buhner, and went to York ; the correspondence was dropped ; and Katherine, as she grew up, ceased her improprieties, and became remarkably reserved and retiring. Derham, it appears, although a ruffian and a robber, was a constant lover. When Katherine ceased to write to him, he found his way back to her ; but her ripening reason induced her to recoil from the man who had stained her youth with the indelible brand of infamy. To shake him off was no easy matter; for, by calling him husband, and permitting him to address her as wife, in the presence of witnesses, she had become troth-plight to him. However, after some altercation regarding the false rumour, that she was about to become the wife of her maternal kinsman, Thomas Culpepper, which Katherine denied, declaring that she would neither have Culpepper nor him for a husband, and after he had violently but ineffectually opposed her going to court, he again sailed for Ireland,—there to renew his lawless profession of piracy. The precise period of Katherine's first appearance at court cannot be stated. She first attracted the royal notice at a dinner, given by the Bishop of Winchester, and Gardiner, to elevate the Catholic party afterwards fostered the royal passion by contriving frequent meetings between the King and Katherine at his house. Katherine did not possess that port and dignity which Henry had hitherto admired ; but her figure, although small, was beautifully moulded ; her features were finely chiselled ; she was sprightly and witty, graceful in manners and deportment, and by a " noble appearance of honour, cleanliness, and maidenly behaviour, she won the heart of the King," who appointed her maid of honour to Anne of Clevcs, when he discharged that Queen's foreign maids. Her conduct at this period was discreet and praiseworthy. Her deportment to the King is said to have been modest and retiring; whilst to the Queen, she neither exhibited airs of rivalry or disrespect. The weak-minded old Duchess of Norfolk, proud of the prospective elevation of

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