Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden maonachi Cestrensis; together with the English translations of John Trevisa and of an unknown writer of the fifteenth century.
Higden, Ranulf, d. 1364., Trevisa, John, tr. d. 1402., Caxton, William, ca. 1422-1491., Malverne, John, d 1415?, Babington, Churchill, ed. 1821-1889,, Lumby, J. Rawson ed. (Joseph Rawson), 1831-1895.
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THE EIGHTH BOOK OF THE POLYCHRONICON FROM CAXTON.*. [The marginal references are to Walsingham's History so far as there is anything common to the two, and to the Fasciculus Tempo|rum, one of the authorities to which Caxton acknowledges himself in|debted.]

Capitulum 23.

IN this yere kyng Harry maryed at Southwerke quene Margrete; And she cam to London the eyghtenth day of Maye; And by the waye alle the lordes of Englonde resseyved her worshipfully in dyverse places, and in especial the duc of Glou|cetre. And on Blackheth the mayer, Aldermen, and alle the craftes, in blewe gownes browdred with the devyse of his crafte that they myght be byknowen, mette wyth her with reede hoodes, and brought her to London, where were dyverse pagentis and countenaunces of dyverse historyes shewyd in dyverse places of the cyte ryally and costlewe. And the thyrttyest daye of Maye the sayd quene was crowned at West|mynstre. And there was Iustys thre dayes duryng within the sayntuarye to fore thabbay. This yere the pryour of Kyl|mayn appeled therle of Urmond of treasonne, whiche hadde a day assygned to them for to fyghte in Smythfeld, and the lystys were made and feelde dressyd. But whanne it cam to poynt the kynge commaunded that they shold not fyghte, but toke the quarels in to his owne honde; and this was doone at the instaunce and labour of certayne prechours & doctours of London, as mayster Gylbert Worthyngton, parson of saynt Andrews in Holborne and other. Also this yere cam a grete ambassate in to Englonde oute of Fraunce, for to have con|cluded a perpetuel pees; but in conclusion it torned vnto a triews of a yere. Aboute this tyme deyde saynt Bernardyn, a gray frere, whiche beganne the newe reformacion of that ordre in many places, in so moche that they that were reformed ben callyd observauntes, whiche observauntes ben encreaced gretely in Italye and in Almayne. This Bernardyn was canonysed by pope Nycholas the fyfthe, in the yere thousand foure C. and fyfty. Iohannes de Capestrano was his disciple, whiche Page  569, vol.8 prouffyted moche to the reformacion of that ordre, for whome God shewyd many myracles also. Here is to be noted that from this tyme forward kyng Harry never prouffyted ne wente forward, but fortune beganne to tourne from hym on all sydes, as well in Fraunce, Normandye, Guyan, as in Eng|londe. Somme men holde oppynyon that kyng Harry gaf commyssion plenerly to sire Edward Hulle, Syre Robert Roos, the dene of saynt Seueryns & other, to conclude a maryage for hym with therle of Armynaks suster, whiche was promysed as it was sayd and concluded. But afterward it was broken; for by the mene of the marquys of Suffolke it was broken, and he wedded Quene Margrete as afore is said, whiche was a dere maryage for the royamme of Englonde. For it is knowen veryly that for to haue her was delyverd the duchye of Angeo, and the erldom of Mayne which was the keye of Normandy for the Frensshmen tentre. And above this the sayd marquys of Suffolke axyd in playne parlement a fyftenth and an half for to fetche her oute of Fraunce. Lo what a maryage was this as to the comparysone of that other maryage of Armynak! For ther sholde have ben delyverd so many castels and townes in Guyan, and so moche good sholde have ben yoven with her that all Englond shold have ben therby enryched; but contrarye wyse fylle. Wherfore every grete prynce ought to kepe his promyse. For bycause of brekyng of this promyse, and for maryage of quene Margrete, what losse hath hadde the Roy|amme of Englond, by losyng of Normandye and Guyan, by dyvysion in the royame, the rebellyng of comons ayenst theyr prynce and lordes, what dyvysyon among the lordes, what murdre & sleyng of them, what feldes foughten & made! In conclusion that many a man hath lost his lyf, the kyng de|posed, the quene with her sone fayne to flee into Scotland, and from thens into Fraunce, and so to Lorayn, the place that she cam first fro. Many men deme that the brekyng of the kynges promyse to the suster of therles of Armynack was cause of this grete losse and adversyte.