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THE

QUEENS OF ENGLAND

AND THEIR TIMES.

FROM

MATILDA, QUEEN OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR,

TO

ADELAIDE, QUEEN OF WILLIAM THE FOURTH.

BY

FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.

AUTHOR OP

AUSTRALIA AS IT 18," “ THE PILGRIM FATHERS," &c. &c.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL: II.

NEW YORK:

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

346 & 348 BROADWAY.

MDCCO LVIII.

THE

QUEENS OF ENGLAND

AND THEIR FIMLS.

ELIZABETH, SECOND QUEEN REGNANT.

CHAPTER I.

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Elizabeth's birth-Parentage--Christening-Infancy~Early misfortunes - Letter from her governess-Attends the christening of Edward the Sixth-Resides with him- Precociousness-Friendship with Anne of Cleves ; with Katharine Howard; with Katherine Parr-Restored to her right of succession-Futile overtures for her marriage with Philip of Spain.

HE illustrious Elizaa | they found assembled lords, knights, and beth, daughter of gentlemen, in great numbers. The walls King Henry, the between Greenwich Palace and the ConEighth by the beau- vent of the Grey Friars were hung with tiful and unfortunate tapestry, and the way strewn with green Queen Anne Boleyn, rushes; the Friars' church, of which not was born on Sunday, a vestige now remains, was also hung

the seventh of Sep- with rich tapestry. The fount was of tember, 1533, between three and four in silver; it was placed in the middle of the afternoon, at the royal palace of the church, raised three steps high, the Greenwich. Although the King had steps being covered with fine cloth, surearnestly hoped that the babe would mounted by a square canopy of crimson prove a son, he stifled his disappoint- satin, fringed with gold, enclosed by a

Te Deum was sung, and bonfires rail covered with réd ray, and guarded blazed, in honour of her birth; and pre- by several gentlemen with aprons and parations were made for her christening, towels about their necks. Between the which, on the tenth of September, was quire and body of the church a closet celebrated with extraordinary pomp and was erected, with a pan of fire in it, that splendour. On that day, the lord mayor, the child might be dismantled for the with the aldermen and council of the city ceremony without taking cold. When of London, in their robes and chains, all these things were ready, the child took to their barges at one in the after- was brought into the hall of the palace, noon, and rowed to Greenwich, where and the procession proceeded to the

ment.

VOL. II.

LL

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