Excerpt from Shakespeare's King Lear
Yet it fortuned that one of the princes of Gallia (which now is called France) whose name was Aganippus, hearing of the beauty, womanhood, and good conditions of the said Cordeilla, desired to have her in marriage, and sent over to her father, requn'ing that he might have her to wife, to whom answer was made that he might have his daughter, but for any dower he could have none, .for all was promised and assured to her other sisters already: Aganippus notwithstanding this answer of denial to receive any thing by way of dower with Cordeilla took her to wife, only moved. Thereto, I say, for respect of her person and amiable virtues. This Aganippus was one of the noelve kings that ruled Gallia in those days, as in the British history it. Is recorded. Butte proceed after that Leir was fallen into age, the two dukes that had married his two oldest daughters, thinking longere the government of the land did come to their hands, arose against him in armour. And reft took away) from him the governanceoof the land, upon conditions to be continued for term of life: by the which he was put to his portion, that is to live after a rate assigned to him for the maintenance of his estate, which in process of time was as well by Maglanus as by Herminus. But the greatest grief that Leir took was to see the unkindness of his daughters, which seemed to think that all was too much which their father had, the. Same being never so little; in so much that going from the one to the other, he was brought to that misery that uneath would they allow him one servant to wait upon him. In the end such was the nu kindness or, as I may say the unnaturalness which he found in his two daughters, notwithstanding their fair and pleasant words uttered in time past, that being constrained of necessity, he fled the land and sailed into Gallia, there to seek some comfort of his youngest daughter Cordeilla whom before time he hated. The Lady Cordea hearing that he was arrived in poor estate she first sent to him privily a certain sum of money to apparel himself withal, and to retain a certain number of servants that might attend uponhim in honourable win, as' appertained to the estate which he had borne: and then so accompanied, she appointed him to come to the court, which he did, and was so joyfully, honourably, and lovingly received, both by his son-inelaw Aganippu's and also by his daughter Cordeilla, that his heart was greatly comforted, for he was no less honoured than if he had been king of the whole country himself. Also after that he had informed his son inr law and his daughter in what sort he had been used by his other daughters Aganippus caused a mighty army to be put in a readiness, and likewise a great navy of ships to be rigged to pass over into Britain with Leir his father in-law to see him again restored to his kingdom. It was accorded that Cordeilla should also go with him to take possession of the land, the which he promised to leave unto her as his rightful inheritor after his decease, nohm'thstanding any former grant made to her sisters or to their husbands in any manner of wise. Here upon, when this army and navy of ships were ready, Leir and his daughter Cordeilla with her husband took the sea, and arriving in Britain fought with their enemies and discomfded them in battle, in the which Maglanus and Henninus were slain; and then was Leir restored to his kingdompwhich he ruled after this by the space of two years and then died forty years after he first began to reign. His body was buried at Leicester in a vault under the channel of the river of Sore beneath the town.
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