CHAP. X. Of Mistris Anne Bullen her favour with the King.
OH Lord, what a great God art thou, that workest thy wonders so secretly, that they are not perceived, untill they bee brought to passe and finished.
Attend now good Reader to this sto∣ry following, and note every circum∣stance, and thou shalt at the end perceive a wonderfull worke of God against such as forget him and his benefits.
Therefore, I say, consider after this my Lord Percyes troublesome businesse was over, and all things brought to an end; Then Mistris Anne Bullen was againe admitted * to the Court, where she flourished in great estimation and favour, having alwayes a prime grudge against my Lord Cardinall for breaking the Contract betweene the Lord Peircy and her selfe supposing it had beene his owne devise and no others. And she at last knowing the Kings pleasure, and the depth of his secrets, then began to looke very haughtily and stout, lacking no manner of rich apparell, or Jewels that money could purchase.
It was therefore imagined by many through the Court, that she being in such favour, might doe much with the King, and obtaine any suit of him for her friends. All this while she being in this estimation in all places, there Page 27 was no doubt but good Queene Katherine, having this Gentlewoman daily attending upon her, both heard by report, and saw with her eyes how all things tended against her good Ladiship, although she seemed neither to Mistris Anne Bullen, nor the King to carry any sparke of discontent, or displeasure, but accepted all things in * good part, and with great wisdome, and much patience dissembled the same, having Mistris Anne Bullen in more estimation for the Kings sake, then when she was with her before, declaring her selfe indeed to be a very patient Grissell, as by her long patience in all her troubles shall hereafter most plainly appeare.
For the King was now so enamoured of this young Gentlewoman, that he knew not how sufficiently to ad∣vance her.
This being perceived by all the great Lords of the Court, who bore a secret grudge against my Lord Cardi∣nall, for that they could not rule in the Kingdome as they would for him, because he was Dominus fac totum with the King, and rul'd aswell the great Lords, as the meane subjects; whereat they tooke an occasion to worke him out of the Kings favour, and consequently themselves into more estimation.
And after long and secret consultation with them∣selves how to bring this matter to passe. They knew ve∣ry * well that it was somewhat difficult for them to doe absolutely of themselves; Wherefore they perceiving the great affection and love the King bare to Mistris Anne Bullen, supposing in their judgements, that she would be a fit Instrument to bring their earnest intentions to passe, therefore they often consulted with her to that purpose, and she having both a very good wit, and also an inward grudge and displeasure against my Lord Car∣dinall, was ever as ready to accomplish their desires, as they were themselves, wherefore there was no more to doe but onely to imagine an occasion to worke their ma∣lice by some pretended circumstances. Then did they Page 28 daily invent divers devises how to effect their pur∣pose, but the enterprise thereof was so dangerous, that though they would faine have attempted the matter with the King, yet durst they not, for they knew the great zeale the King did beare unto the Cardinall, and this they knew very well, that if the matter they should propound against him was not grounded upon a just and urgent cause, the Kings love was such towards him, and his wit such withall, that hee could with his policie vanquish all their enterprises, and then af∣ter that, requite them in the like nature, to their utter ruine.
Therefore they were compelled to forbeare their plots till they might have some better ground to worke upon. And now the Cardinall perceiving the great zeale the King bore to this Gentlewoman, framed him∣selfe to please her, as well as the King. To that end therefore hee prepares great Banquets and Feasts to en∣tertaine the King and her at his owne house; Shee all * this while dissembling the secret grudge in her breast; Now the Cardinall began to grow into wonderfull in∣uentions not heard of before in England, and the love betweene this glorious Lady and the King, grew to such perfection, that divers things were imagined, whereof I forbeare here to speake, untill I come to the proper place.