Letters of the Kings of England: Now First Collected from Royal Archives, and Other Authentic Sources, Private as Well as Public, Volume 1

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This work presents a compilation of letters written by the kings of England, lending an interesting perspective into their characters, lives and interactions with other key figures from history, such as Popes and other figures in monarchy. The first three letters of the book are written by King Richard I and offer footnotes explaining the reason for each letter.

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Page 87 - This story shall the good man teach his son ; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered ; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers ; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother ; be he ne'er so vile This day shall gentle his condition...
Page 49 - Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, So that all they which pass by the way do pluck her ? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, And the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
Page 321 - ... end ; and then I trust, my lord, to recompense part of your great pains. In the which I must require you, in the mean time, to accept my good will in the stead of the power ; the which must proceed partly from you, as our Lord knoweth, whom I beseech to send you long life with continuance in honour.
Page 307 - The demonstrations of your affections are such, the fine thoughts of your letter so cordially expressed, that they oblige me for ever to honour, love, and serve you sincerely, beseeching you to continue in the same firm and constant purpose ; and assuring you, that, on my part, I will not only make you a suitable return, but outdo you in loyalty of heart, if it be possible. I desire...
Page 319 - To inform you what joy it is to me to understand of your conformableness with reason, and of the suppressing of your inutile and vain thoughts...
Page 161 - Right trusty, worshipful, and honourable good friends, I greet you well. ' Being given to understand your good devoir and entreaty to advance me to the furtherance of my rightful claim, due and lineal inheritance of that crown, and for the just depriving of that homicide and unnatural tyrant which now unjustly bears dominion over you, I give you to understand that no Christian heart can be more full of joy and gladness than the heart of me, your poor exiled friend...
Page 318 - I assure you, me-thinketh the time longer since your departing now last than I was wont to do a whole fortnight. I think your kindness and my fervency of love causeth it, for otherwise I would not have thought it possible, that for so little a while it should have grieved me. But now that I am coming towards you, me-thinketh my pains be half relieved, and also I am right well comforted, insomuch that my book maketh substantially for my matter.
Page 308 - I take to know them true causeth me to send you now these news: the legate which we most desired arrived at Paris on Sunday or Monday last past so that I trust by the next Monday to hear of his arrival at Calais, and then I trust within a while after...
Page 103 - Truly and well-beloved, we greet you well. And, forasmuch as we be certain that ye will be joyful to hear 1 The schedule here referred to is given in the MS. ; and the style now adopted by Henry was, " Henry, by the grace of God, King of England, heir and regent of the realm of France, and Lord of Ireland.
Page 285 - Cardinal. desiring you (that when you have well established them) to take some pastime and comfort, to the intent you may the longer endure to serve us, for always pain cannot be endured. Surely you have so substantially ordered our matters both of this side the sea and beyond, that...

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