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Memoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry Viii. (Paperback)

By: Elizabeth Benger (Author)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. LETTERS AND EMBASSIES OF SIR THOMAS BOLETN. — THE FIELD OF THE CLOTH OP GOLD. Queen Claude—Anne''s Duties as Maid of Honour—Her Position— Education of young Nobles—Anne''s Childhood—Rochford Hall— Anne''s Character—Her Acquirements—Margaret of Alan9on—Her Character—Anne''s Advantages—French Embassy—A Banquet—Sir Thomas Boleyn''s Mission—Wolsey''s Ambition—His Munificence—His Schemes—Sir Thomas Boleyn—His Mission to France—His Letters to the King—Election of Charles V. as Emperor of Germany—Boleyn''s Letter—Birth of the Duke of Orleans—Boleyn''s Diligence—Condition of Henry and Francis—Visit of Charles V.—Henry''s visit to Francis —The Field of the Cloth of Gold—Meeting of Henry and Francis- Henry''s Dress—Amusements—Extravagance of the Nobles—The two Queens—The Belles of France—Ballads—Francis visit? Henry— Anne Boleyn at the Masque—End of the Meeting at Guisnes. The departure of Mary from France altered not the destination of Anne Boleyn. By the mediation of her former mistress she was transferred to the wife of Francis, the virtuous Claude, whose court, formed on the model of that established by her mother, Anne''of Brittany, was crowded with boys and girls, pages and maids of honour. It had been the pride of that princess to render her palace a seminary of instruction for the young female nobility; and, with a munificence worthy of her rank, she not only admitted, but invited to her protection, all who could authenticate their claims to honourable lineage. According to Brantome, three hundred girls were thus enrolled among her 86 QUEEN CLAUDE. pupils, and half that number included in her retainers and attendants, some of whom received no salary, but lived at the Queen''s expense, in apartments remote from those allotted to the other sex, with whom they were seldom ...

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