Men and Women as They Appeared in the Far-Off Time

Men and Women as They Appeared in the Far-Off Time

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...away from the death-scene a group of courtiers was stationed waiting for the unfortunate Queen's last moments. Under a greenwood tree, rising on a high level, overlooking the river Thames, and within ear-shot of the Tower guns, a few courtiers dressed in sporting costume were enjoying dinner. Horses ready for the chase were picketed about, and dogs were held by men in uniforms of green and white. The merriest of that merry group was King Henry himself. The monarch knew the time at which the sword of the foreign executioner would set him free, for he had fixed that hour when arranging the "order of the day." As the time approached, King Henry listened with apparent anxiety for the boom of guns, and when the signal struck his ear, he rose and shouted gaily, "Ah, it is done; it is done; uncouple the hounds; let us follow the sport." Henry was dressed in white on this occasion. Cobham, a courtier of the time, assured Lady Lee that Richard Crumwell, the convivial companion of royalty, "mine own Dick," as the King called him--wrote a letter to his brother, stating that his royal master "danced and was right merrie when he heard the signal shot from the Tower ." About dusk on the memorable Friday, the 19th day of May, 1536, King Henry VIII., of "blessed memory," reached Wolf Hall, where the bride-elect, the "discreet and amiable Jane Seymour," and a numerous company of courtiers, received their Sovereign. What a meeting! On the following morning--not twenty-four hours as stated--but tiuenty hours after his "wife's murder, the "royal ruffian," as the Protestant Miss Strickland rightly styles him, married Jane Seymour. Let the reader draw his own conclusions as to the...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856686
  • 9781236856685