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Page 123 - Mary, with this inscription on a label affixed to Brandon's lance ¡ — " Cloth of gold do not despise, Though thou be match' d with cloth of frize ; Cloth of frize, be not too bold, Though thou be match'd with cloth of gold.
Page 41 - England, &c., and Elizabeth, Queen of the same, wittingly and of deliberate mind, having twelve years complete in age in the month of November...
Page 273 - First, in the feast of Christmas, there was in the king's house, wheresoever he was lodged, a lord of misrule, or master of merry disports, and the like had ye in the house of every nobleman of honour or good worship, were he spiritual or temporal.
Page viii - These bear the impress of their respective times : and, whilst many of them regard affairs in which the writers were actively engaged, all afford a closer and more familiar view of characters, manners, and events, than the pen of the most accomplished compiler of regular history, even if he might be trusted, could supply. They unravel causes of action, which, without their aid, would be impenetrable, and even throw new light upon parts of history which superficial readers suppose to be exhausted.
Page 273 - These lords beginning their rule on Alhollon eve, continued the same till the morrow after the Feast of the Purification, commonly called Candlemas day. In all which space there were fine and subtle disguisings, masks, and mummeries, with playing at cards for counters, nails, and points, in every house, more for pastime than for gain.
Page 88 - Grace with long writing, but, to my thinking, this batell hath bee to your Grace and al your reame the grettest honor that coude bee, and more than...
Page 269 - ... them) to take summe pastyme and comfort, to the intente yow may the lenger endure to serve us ; for allways payne can nott be induryd. Surly yow have so substancyally orderyd oure...
Page 12 - Advertisements, how be it that it was thought that they were full necessary, were laid apart, and to be of none effect, through the envy, malice and untruth of the said Duke of Somerset ; which for my truth faith, and allegiance that I owe unto the King, and the good will and favour that I have to all the Realm...
Page 12 - I signify unto you that, with the help and supportation of Almighty God, and of Our Lady, and of all the Company of Heaven, I, after long sufferance and delays, [though it is] not my will or intent to displease my sovereign lord, seeing that the said Duke ever prevaileth and ruleth about the King's person, [and] that by this means the land is likely to be destroyed, am fully concluded to proceed in all haste against him with the help of my kinsmen and friends...