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bease of the Duke of Orleans, are ingeniously represented. On the river, in front, is a boat making for the Tower, in which is the Duke, seated and guarded. He next appears as a captive in the White Tower, (which is thrown open by an arch, to shew the interior) writing his poems; he is also shewn as looking from a window upon the procession which is to conduct him from prison. He is last represented as quitting the White Tower, and receiving the congratulations of a knight on his attainment of liberty ; a groom, with saddle-horses, stands near; and his full release is indicated by the procession departing through the Tower gates. The Duke's dress, which is similar throughout, is a robe of imperial blue, enriched with gold, and trimmed with ermine.
This nobleman was taken prisoner at the battle of Azincourt, in 1416, by Henry the Fifth; and his nearness in blood to the Crown of France occasioned his confinement in England for twenty-four years. He was first imprisoned at Windsor, but was removed in about a year to Pontefract Castle, in Yorkshire, whence, in 1430, he was again removed to the Tower of London, in which he remained till November 1440, when he was released, “ with a great formality of instruments," his ransom having been fixed at 100,000 francs. By Isabel, his first wife, the widow of King Richard the Second, (who had been sent back to France), he had an only daughter, named Joan : that lady was married to John, Duke of Alençon, by whom she became the mother of Louis the Twelfth. Whilst the Duke of
Orleans was imprisoned in the Tower, 400 marks a-year were allowed for his support.
The Manuscript is inscribed upon vellum, in the common black script of the 15th century. It is intituled, “ Grâce entière sur le gouvernement du Prince, en la rime & prose, avec Peinctures." The poems are chiefly amatory, with complaints of his imprisons ment intermingled, and fond remembrances of his native country. The several illuminations are spiritedly executed, though pencilled with great minute
In the frontispiece are the arms of France and England, several times repeated, and also the Red Rose, the badge of Henry the Seventh, supported by a greyhound and a red dragon. Hence it would appear, that this particular manuscript was completed in the reign of that sovereign. Among the sonnets are three short“ chansons" in English, which have been printed by Ellis, in the first volume of his “Specimens of the Early English Poets.''
SUFFOLK, OR NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE, STRAND.
SUFFOLK HOUSE, or, as now called, NORTHUMBERLAND HOUSE, stands on the ancient site of an Hospital or Chapel of St. Mary, founded in the time of Henry the Third, by William Mareschall, Earl of Pembroke, on a piece of ground which he had given to the priory of Rouncival, or De Rosida Valle, in Navarre. That Chapel, says Speed, was suppressed among the alien priories in the reign of Henry the Fifth, but it was afterwards restored for a Fraternity by Edward the