The Year After the Armada: And Other Historical Studies

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T. F. Unwin, 1896 - Armada, 1588 - 388 pages
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Page 296 - ... their abilities before him— can in the least divert him from fancying everything that is said or done to be a temptation of the devil, and never thinking himself safe but with his confessor and two friars by his side, whom he makes lie in his chamber every night.
Page 291 - He has a ravenous stomach, and swallows all he eats whole, for his nether jaw stands so much out, that his two rows of teeth cannot meet ; to compensate which, he has a prodigious wide throat, so that a gizzard or liver of a hen passes down whole, and his weak stomach not being able to digest it, he voids in the same manner.
Page 169 - Their majesties are the happiest couple in the world, and are more in love with each other than I can say here. He never leaves her, and on the road is always by her side, lifting her into the saddle and helping her to dismount. He dines with her publicly sometimes, and they go to mass together on feast days.
Page 271 - I well remember his study, which was in a little turret that looked into and over the Thames, and had the prospect which is as pleasant perhaps as any in the world...
Page 162 - Roman church could give to its ceremonies was lavished upon this. The queen, we are told, blazed with jewels to such an extent that the eye was blinded as it looked upon her ; her dress was of black velvet flashing with gems, and a splendid mantle of cloth of gold fell from her shoulders ; but through the mass that followed the marriage service she never took her eyes off the crucifix upon which they were devoutly fixed. Her fifty ladies -
Page 185 - In case her obstinacy and hardness of heart continue, therefore, you will take into consideration the best direction to be given to this. We think here that the best course will be to encourage with money and secret favour the Catholics of the north, and to help those in Ireland to take up arms against the heretics and deliver the crown to the Queen of Scotland, to whom it belongs.
Page 284 - ... her, and at the water gate of the house where she was to stay she was met by the Countess of Sussex and her sister-in-law the wife of the Chancellor, and Secretary Cecil. On the I4th the Queen arrived from Windsor and descended at the lodgings of the Swedish Princess, who is called Cecilia. The latter received her Majesty at the door, where she embraced her warmly, and both went up to her apartments. After the Queen had passed some time with her in great enjoyment she returned home, and the next...
Page 173 - We have seen that at the utmost the number of Spaniards of all ranks who landed from the fleet did not exceed 500, of whom four-fifths had left for Flanders and Spain before the king entered London, and yet the diarist, writing about this time, says : ' At this tyme ther was so many Spanyerdes in London that a man shoulde haue mett in the stretes for one Inglisheman above iiij Spanyerdes to the great discomfort of the Inglishe nation. The halles taken up for Spanyerdes.
Page 156 - Pembroke, Surrey ( Clinton, Cobham, Willoughby, Darcy, Maltravers, Talbot, Strange, Fitzwalter, and North, and by about fifteen Spanish grandees, whose names will have less interest for English readers. He was dressed, when he started, in a black velvet surcoat adorned with diamonds, leather boots, and trunks and doublet of white satin embroidered with gold ; but this delicate finery had to be covered by a red felt cloak to protect it from the rain. Notwithstanding this it was too wet for him to...
Page 304 - Jtaret lateri letkal'u arundo ; his ankles and knees swell again, his eyes bag, the lids are as red as scarlet, and the rest of his face a greenish yellow. His tongue is travada, as they express it, that is, he has such a fumbling in his speech, those near him hardly understand him ; at which he sometimes grows angry, and asks if they be all deaf.

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