Chronicles of the Castle and of the Earls of Leicester: From the Foundation of the Castle to the Merger of the Earldom in the Crown of England

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Crossley and Clarke, 1867 - Castles - 53 pages

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Page 33 - Molt," which had been ordained in the time of Edmund the Earl. And the Duke did these things for that the town of Leicester had suffered in the sickness, also " for the salvation of his soul, and the souls of his ancestors.
Page 48 - A testator, after bequeathing to his wife all his personal property, gave to her all the rents and profits that should be derived from the lands at G. or elsewhere, that he should be possessed of at the time of his death.
Page 52 - Leicester, or the town thereof, or any possessions therein, or anything appertaining thereto, for they who were afterwards called Earls of Leicester were strangers to the town and county of Leicester, and of no account therein. But, even as the glory of the sun is greatest at its setting, so did the grandeur of the last Earl of Leicester surpass that of all who had gone before him. For the Earldom ceased, not by the failure of male issue, as in the days of Henry the Good Duke, or by attaint of treason...
Page 15 - ... feeling his own greatness, began to be less tractable. Although the pope excommunicated him and his party, the people regarded the sentence with indifference ; and many of the native clergy, who had long been disgusted both with pope and king, praised him in their sermons as the reformer of abuses, the protector of the oppressed, the father of the poor, the saviour of his country, the avenger of the church. Thus supported, and indeed carried forward by a boundless popularity, he soon forced all...
Page 15 - Leicester. issued in the King's name, to the sheriffs throughout the kingdom, commanding them to return two Knights for every Shire, and two Burgesses for every Borough within the realm. And this was the first Parliament of England. And he who caused it to be assembled was Simon de Montfort, the great Earl of Leicester. And he was the chiefest man in the land, and he dwelt in his Castle of Leicester, and he ruled the people as a King. But in this year...
Page 7 - And of him thus wrote one of the ancient writers " Robert de Beaumont was in worldly affairs the wisest of men, between England and Jerusalem, eminent for knowledge, plausible of speech, keen and crafty, profound in counsel, and of great wisdom." And he was Earl of Leicester, and in right thereof claimed to be Seneschal of all England. And all the rest of his days he dwelt in the Castle of Leicester, and he ruled therein like a mighty prince. ROBERT BOSSU.
Page 51 - Fair cousin of Lancaster you are welcome." And the Duke replied that he had come home before the time appointed, but he had come for the good of the people of the realm, and to help the King to rule them wisely. And King Richard answered "Fair cousin since it pleaseth you, it pleaseth me.
Page 40 - Earl was appointed guardian of King Edward the Third. And now of all the Earls of Leicester, John of Gaunt was the greatest, for he was Regent of the kingdom of England, and ruled like a mighty Prince. And because of his wife Constance he claimed to be King of Castile and Leon. And he took delight in his Castle of Leicester, for he loved the town of Leicester, and the dwellers therein. And in this year...
Page 30 - And in this year the Earl died in his own Castle of Leicester, and he was buried in the Collegiate Church of the Newarke. And King Edward came to his burying, and with him his Queen Philippa, and also many Earls and Barons. For the Earl had lived as a great prince, and was buried with the burying of the King's kinsman, and Henry his son who dwelt in the Castle of Leicester ruled in his stead.
Page 24 - France to make reconciliation, as it was said, between her husband and her brother. But in her heart the Queen hated her husband, and especially the King's favourites, and while Thomas Earl of Leicester lived she had taken part with him, and relied on him for protection. But now that he was dead the Queen went over the sea to her brother, the French King, and she joined herself to the Lancastrian party.

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