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"there is no news of them. He did by pleafures "as great Princes do by banquets-come and "look a little upon them, and turn away. He "was rather ftudious than learned, reading most "books that were of any worth in the French tongue; yet he understood the Latin, as appeareth in that Cardinal Adrian and others, who "could very well have written French, did write "to him in Latin.”
He was," fays his noble hiftorian, “a little "above juft ftature, well and ftraight-limbed, but "flender. His countenance was reverend, and a "little like a churchman; and as it was not strange "or dark, fo neither was it winning nor pleasing, "but as the face of one well difpofed. But it "was to the disadvantage of the painter, for it "was best when he spoke."
The king of Caftile was fhipwrecked on the coaft of England in the reign of Henry the Seventh, "Henry," fays Lord Bacon, as foon "as he heard the news, commanded presently the "Earl of Arundel to go to visit the King of "Caftile, and let him understand, that as he was "very forry for his mishap, fo he was glad that "he had escaped the danger of the seas, and like"wife of the occafion he had to do him honour; "and defiring him to think himself as in his own "land, and that the King made all poffible hafte to "come and embrace him. The Earl came to him
" in great magnificence at Weymouth, with a "brave troop of three hundred horse, and, for "more ftate, came by torch-light. After he had "done the King's meffage, King Philip, (feeing "how the world went) the fooner to get away, "went upon fpeed to the King at Windfor, and "his Queen followed by eafy journies. The two
Kings at their meeting used all the careffes and "loving demonftrations that were poffible, and "the King of Caftile faid pleafantly to the King, "that he was now punished, for that he would not " come within his walled town of Calais when
they met laft. But the King anfwered, that "walls and feas were nothing where hearts were "open, and that he was here no otherwife than "to be ferved. After a day or two's refreshing, "the Kings entered into fpeech of renewing the "treaty; King Henry faying, that though King Philip's person were the fame, yet his fortunes "and ftate were raised, in which cafe a renovation "of treaty was used amongst Princes. But whilft "these things were in handling, the King choofing "a fit time, and drawing the King of Caftile into
a room, (where they two only were private) and "laying his hand civilly upon his arm, and "changing his countenance a little from a coun"tenance of entertainment, faid to him, Sir, you "have been faved upon my coast, I hope that you " will not fuffer me to be wrecked upon yours.
"The King of Caftile asked him what he meant by that speech. I mean by it (faid the King) that "fame hair-brain wild fellow, the Earl of Suffolk, "who is protected in your country, and who be"gins to play the fool when all others are tired of «it. The King of Caftile answered, I had thought, Sir, that your felicity had been above "these thoughts; but if he trouble you, I will "banish him. The King replied, that hornets "were beft in their neft, and worst when they did fly abroad, and that his defire was to have the " Earl of Suffolk delivered to him. The King of "Caftile herewith a little confused, and in a hurry, replied, That can I not do with my honour, and lefs with yours, for you will be thought to "have used me as a prifoner. The King prefently faid, Then the matter is at end, for I will "take that difhonour upon me, and fo your ho"nour is faved. The King of Caftile, who had "the King in great estimation, (and befides re"membered where he was, and knew not what "use he might have of the King's amity, for that " himself was new in his estate of Spain, and un"fettled both with his father-in-law and with his "people) compofing his countenance, said, Sir,
you gave law to me, and fo will I to you. You « shall have him, but (upon your honour) you "fhall not take his life. The King embracing "him faid, Agreed. Then faid the King of
"Caftile, Neither, Sir, fhall it dislike you, if I "fend him in fuch a fashion, that he may come "partly with his own good-will. The King replied, it was well thought of, and if it pleased him, he would join with him in sending to the "Earl a meffage to that purpose.
"There were," adds Lord Bacon,. "immediately meffengers fent from both Kings to re"call the Earl of Suffolk, who, upon gentle "words, was foon charmed, and willing enough "to return, affured of his life, and hoping of his liberty."
Amongst the Archives of the City of Bruffels, the donation of the Kingdom of England to the Duchefs of Burgundy by Perkin Warbeck, as Duke of York, is preserved.
"IN gaming with a Prince," fays Puttenham, "It is decent to let him fometimes win, of pur
pose to keepe him pleasant; and never to refufe "his gift, for that is undutifull; nor to forgive "him his loffes, for that is arrogant; nor to give
him great gifts, for that is either infolence or "follie; nor to feast him with exceffive charge, "for that is both vain and envious: and therefore "the wife Prince King Henry the Seventh, her Majefty's grandfather, if he chaunce had bene "to lye at any of his fubjects houses, or to passe "moe meales than one, he that would take upon him to defray the charge of his dyet, or
" of his officers and household, he would be mar" veloufly offended with, faying, What private fubject dare undertake a Prince's charge, or "looke into the fecret of his expence? Her Majeftie (i. e. Queen Elizabeth) hath bene "knowne often times to mislike the fuperfluous "expence of her fubjects bestowed upon her in "times of her progreffes."
SINGULAR ARTICLES OF EXPENCE EXTRACTED FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF HENRY VII. IN THE EXCHEQUER.
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This was a reign of smooth chins, a beard therefore was a fingularity.
+ There are many payments for writing books, which shew the flow progress the art of printing made for fome years.