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the French or Spaniards. 2. That it would be monstrous to send so fair a Princess back to Spain, who, by her discreet Behaviour, had greatly gain’d the Good-will of the People. 3. That as it was plain the King would not live long without a Wife, he could not marry better, it being admitted, that she was a Lady of strict Virtue and Piety, of a sweet Temper and Carriage, not 22 Years of Age, beautiful, and learned in Languages as well as Sciences. 4. That, notwithstanding her former Marriage, she was still a Maid; and that the Princess had more than once, in a private Conversation with fome of the great Ladies of the Court, declared herself on that head. Lastly, The Scripture was offered in Favour of the Marriage, where it's faid, If Brelbren dwell together, and one of them die and have no Child, the Wife of the Dead fhall not marry without unto a Stranger ; her Husband's Brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to Wife, and perform the Duty of an Husband's Brother unto her. Deut. xxv. 5.

But The SECRET HISTORR of the CARDINAL, the Vestry, a Yeoman, and two ther necessary Ornaments to

rooms, besides other Retain- the Furniture of the fame. ers that came thither at princi- • Now you shall understand, pal Feasts.

• that he had iwo Cross-bearers, . And for the Furniture of his and two Pillar-bearers in his

Chapple, it paffcth my weak ' great Chamber, and his Privy• Capacity, to declare the Num- • Chamber, all 'these Persons ; • ber of the costly Ornaments, • the Chief-Chamberlain, a Vice

and rich Jewels that were occu- Chamberlain, a Gentleman. “fied in the same ; for I have • Ulher, beside one of his Privy • seen in procession about the • Chamber : He had also twelve • Hall, forty four rich Copes Waiters, and fix Gentlemen • of one settle worne, besides • Waiters : Also he had nine or • the rich Candlesticks, and o- • ten Lords, who had each of

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* The vulgate Bible has it, Quando habitaverint fratres fimul, & unus ex eis absque liberis mortuus fuerit, Uxor defun&ti non nubet alteri; fed accipiet cam frater ejus, & jufcitabit

femen fratris fui It's true, some of our modern Commentators and Translators, have endeavoured to explain away the Meaning of the Word Frater, by turning it into Kinsman,

But the Opponents argued, that, tho' Henry the VIIth at first promoted the Match, he afterwards charged his Son to break the Contract, owning, that he was convinced it was unlawful, for which Reason the King, when Prince of Wales, was from time to time debarred from seeing that Princess, left Affection should rise from Conversation, which sometimes grows unmanageable in young People. To this may be added, that, when Prince Henry was contracted to this Lady he was scarce 14 Years of Age, and, consequently, too young to hear Debates about Cases of Conscience, whether it was lawful or not lawful to marry

his Brother's Widow; and therefore what he did relating to the before-mentioned Protestation, was done by the Direction of his Father, and not the Result of Ill-will to the Princess, as some would insinuate.

These different Arguments were foon followed by a Memorial preferred by the Spanish Ambassador, in

• them two or three Men to wait cessary to have Officers of the
upon him, except the Earl of "

Chancery to attend him for the
Darby, who had five Men. • better Furniture of the fame.
• Then he had Gentlemen- • First, he had a Riding
Cup-bearers, and Carvers, and Clerk, a Clerk of the Crown,

of the Sewers, both of the 'a Clerk of the Hanaper, great Chamber, and of the

a Chafer; then had he a • Privy Chamber forty Persons ; • Clerk of the Check, as well

fix Yeomen Ushers, eight upon the Chaplains, as upon Grooms of his Chamber : Al- " the Yeomen of the Chamber : • fo he had of Alms, who were • He had also four Footmen gardaily Waiters of his Board at nished with rich running Coats, Dinner, twelve Doctors and whenfoever he had any Jour

Chaplains, besides them of his, ney : Then he had a Herald (which I never rehearsed; a • of Arms, a Serjeant of Arms;

Clerk of his Closet, and two a Physician, and Apothecary ; • Secretaries, and two Clerks of ' four Minstrels, a Keeper of his his Signet; four Counsellors • Tents, an Armourer; an In« learned in the Law.

• structor of his Wardrobe of " And for that he was Chan- • Robes, a Keeper of his Chamcellor of England, it was ne- ber continually; he had also

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Relation to the King's Marriage with the Princess ; so that it now came to be debated in Council, wherein, those who were against the Marriage alledged, that a Man's marrying his Brother's Widow was a Thing unheard of among Christians ; that such a Match was contrary to the Law of God, and therefore it was a Question, whether the Pope had Power to dispense with it. Archbishop Warham strongly opposed the Marriage, and declared, he could not help considering such a one as downright incestuous : But Bishop Fox was of another Mind, he ftrenuously infifted on the Pope's Dispensation to be lawful, taking Notice at the fame Time of the unlimited Power of Christ's Vicar; and, as the Pope had granted the Difpensation, he thought it enough to satisfy the King's Conscience, more especially as the Princess had declared herself to be a Maid, and that there was no room to doubt but what she said was true. Upon this the King and Council, much better approving

the The SECRET History of the CARDINAL, in his House a Surveyor of ' to a great number of Per· York, a Clerk of the Green. "fons. • Cloth. All these were daily • Now having declared the • attending down-lying, and up- • Order, according to the Cheyne • rising. And at Meat, he had • Roll of his House, and what

eight continual Boards for the • Oflicers he had daily attending « Chamberlains and Gentle- " to furnish the same, besides • men Officers, having a Mess • Retainers, and other persons

young Lords, and another being Suiters dined in the • of Gentlemen : Besides this, Hall. And when shall we see • there was never a Gentleman

any more such Subjects that or Officer, or other worthy Per- • shall keep such a noble House ? • fon, but he kept some two, some · Therefore here is an end of • three Persons to wait upon them; • his Houfhold, the Number of r and all others at the least • Persons in the Cheyne were bad one, which did amount eight hundred Persons.

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the Arguments offered for the Marriage, than those against it, came to a Resolution that it should be folemnized.

Dr. Fiddes, in his Account of this Marriage, says: “ Some have thought that the King married this La

dy more out of Respect to filial Piety, and for his " Father's first Appointment, than for the Devotion “ he really had for her. But there was nothing in “ the Temper of the King that should induce us to “ form such a Judgment of him : It's rather to be be“ lieved he acted in this Matter by the Advice of his “ Council ; and the King, to shew he was well pleased “ with the Resolution, on the 3d of March, “ married the Princess.” Kennet says, at the The MarriBishop of Salisbury's House in Fleet-street, nized. but Stow avers, the King married her in his Closet at Greenwich, having before declared, that he would not be crowned till it was compleated ; and; among other Ceremonies suitable to the Occasion,


( H A P. VI.
Of bis Second Embasage to the Emperor Charles the veh.

HEN he was thus take the Charge thereof upori W

furnished; in Manner • him, was furnished in every as I have before rehearsed un- respect most like a great

you, he was sent twice on Prince, which was much to • Embassage to the Emperor the Honour of his Majesty, Charles the Vth, that now " and of this Realm: For first reigneth, and Father to King 'he proceeded forth like to a Philip, now our Lord and so

• Cardinal, having all Things vereign : Forasmuch as the correspondent; his Gentlemen, old Emperor. Maximiliari was • being very many in Number, dead, and for divers other ur- were cloathed in Livery.coats gent Occasions touching his of Crimson Velvet of the best, Majesty, it was thought fit, • and Chains of Gold about their that about such weighty Mat- * Necks; and his Yeomen, and ters, and to so noble a Prince, • all his mean Officers were clad « the Cardinal was most meet to . in fine Scarlet guarded with • be sent on this Embaffage, black Velvet one Hand breadth. . and he, being one ready to · Thus furrilhed, he was twice Voe, II:

* fent kind of Victuals ; no, al- and a Goblet to drink in, and though they were disposed to every Night a Staff - torch. • make colily Banquets : Further This was the Order of their commanding their faid Hofts, • Livery every Night; and in that they should want nothing • the Morning, when the Officers

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the Bride, tho' a Widow, was dressed in White, to denote her Virginity, which she, and all her Friends asserted to the last.

A few Days after the Marriage was consummated the King made twenty four Knights of the Bath in the Tower; and on the 24th of June their Majesties

were crown'd at Westminster, by the Hands Their Coronation.

of Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury,

with the utmost Magnificence; when the Nobility, both Spiritual and Temporal, paid their Homage: And the People, according to antient Custom, being asked, Whether they would receive him for their King ? they unanimously cried, with repeated Shouts, rec! Yea!

This Ceremony being performed, the King confirmed, to John Earl of Oxford, the Poffession of the Castle of Colchester, granted to one of his Ancestors by the Empress Maud; nominated Sir Edmund Howard Standard-bearer ; Sir Thomas Boleyn War

The Secret HISTORY of the CARDINAL,
« sent in this Manner to the Em. which they honestly required,

peror in Flanders, then lying or desired to have.
at Bruges, whom he did most . Also the Emperor's Officers

nobly entertain, discharging all every Night went through the • the Cardinal's Charges, and his « Town from House to House,

Men's. There was no House ! where any Englishman had rein the Town of Bruges, where- ' course, or lodged, and served in any one of my Lord's Gen- • their Livery for all Night, tlemen were locged, or had re- ' which was done on this Man

course, but that the Owners of " ner: First, the Officers brought • the Houses were commanded into the House a Cafteele of by the Emperor's Officers, up- ' fine Manchet, then two Silver

the Pain of their Lives, to take • Pots of Wine, and a Pound of по Micn

any Thing the

Sugar, white Lights, and yelCardinal's Men did take of • low Lights, a Bowl of Silver, any


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