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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.
page 475

keeping him under undue restraint, persuaded the artless young sovereign to write a letter of complaint, which he, Seymour, should lay before Parliament, and arranged, by the aid of his partisans, to procure the guardianship for himself. The letter was indited by Seymour, and Edward was about to copy it, when the plot was detected, and the Admiral summoned before the council. At first he repelled the charge with haughtiness ; hut when threatened with committal to the Tower, on a charge of high treason, he acknowledged his fault, the two brothers forgave cacli other, and as a peace offering, an addition of eight hundred pounds a year was made to his already lucrative appointments. Meanwhile, tbe Protector and the council, on discovering that Katherine was really married to the Admiral, vented their rage by detaining the jewels presented to her by the late King. These, both she and her husband laid claim to; but, in reply to their indignant remonstrances, the council pronounced tbcm the property of the crown, which had been lent, not given to her, and promptly refused to resign them ; whilst, to widen the breach, the Protector shortly afterwards, in the plenitude of his power, forced lier against her will, and greatly to her annoyance and ill-convenience, to admit one Master Long as a tenant on her favourite manor of Faustcrne. Jiy some it is supposed that Somerset was urged to commit this tyrannical, unjust act, by his Duchess ; and this seems highly probable, as the proud, overbearing Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset, for some reason nowhere clearly explained, bore burning malice and bitter ill-will against Katherine, whose train she now refused to bear, alleging it to be beneath her dignity to perfonn. that office to the wife of her husband's younger brother ; and for similar reasons, she disputed precedence with her at court; hut in the latter instance, it, being de cided by act of parliament that Henry the Eighth's Queen and daughters should take precedence over every other lady iu tbe realm, she, to her great and unfor giving mortification, was compelled to yield. Residing under the same roof with Katherine Parr and her husband, Sir Thomas Seymour, were the Princess Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey ; the Princess Elizabeth was under the immediate care and tutelage of her stepmother, but Seymour had purchased the wardship of Lady Jane for five hundred pounds—a not uncommon bargain in those times—for the purpose of uniting her in marriage to his youthful sovereign. Katherine, with whom the idea is said to have originated, spared neither money nor pains to bestow on her an education befitting the consort of a great King, liy this measure, Seymour not only hoped to thwart the Protector's design of marrying King Edward to his own daughter, Lady Jane Seymour, and his son to Lady Jane Grey, but also to annihilate the political influence of Somerset, and clutch in his own hands the reins of government; an aspiring project, which in the end brought him to tbe scaffold. The presence of the Princess Elizabeth ruined the domestic happiness of Katherine, who, forgetting that a girl of fifteen was no longer a child, blindly encouraged her husband and Elizabeth to toy and romp together in her presence. The evidence of Mrs. Ashby, Elizabeth's governess, before the privy council, affords a startling portraiture of the rude, immoral manners of that period. "At Chelsea, the moment Sir Thomas freymour was up, he would hasten to Elizabeth's chamber in his night-gown and bare-legged ; if she was still in bed, he would open the curtains, and make as though he would come to her, and she would go farther in tbe bed, as though he could not corno at her. If she were up, be would ax how she did, and strike her in the back and then lower down familiarly. He sent James Seymour to recommend him to her, and ax her whe ther her great * * * * were gj-ολνη any less or no." At ITanley, Katherine held the hands of Elizabeth, whilst Sey mour amused himself by cutting her gown to shreds ; and on another occasion, the Queen Dowager introduced him intJ the chamber of Elizabeth, when they both tickled her in bed, and a violent romping scene ensued. Parry, the cof

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