MarginaliaAn. 1558.great discomfort, beyng no offender against þe Queenes Maiestie. And thus the tyde and tyme passed away for that season, they priuily appointing all thinges ready that she should go þe next tide, which fel about midnight: but for feare she should be taken by the way, they durst not. So they stayed till the next day, being Palme Sonday, when about. ix. of the clocke these two returned agayne, declaryng that it was tyme for her grace to depart: she aunsweryng, if there be no remedy, I must be contented, willyng the Lordes to goe on before. Beyng come forth into the garden, she did cast vp her eyes toward the window, thinking to haue seene þe Queene, which she could not. Whereat she sayd, she maruailed much what the nobilitie of the Realme ment, which in that sort would suffer her to be led into captiuitie: the Lord knew whether, for she did not. In the meane tyme commaundement was geuen in all London that euery one should keepe the Church and cary their Palmes, while in þe meane season she might bee conueyed without all recourse of people into the Tower.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaLady Elizab. sent to the Tower.After all this, she tooke her Barge with the two foresayd Lordes, three of the Queenes Gentlewomen, and three of her owne, her Gentleman Vsher, and two of her Groomes, lying and houeryng vpon the water an houre, for that they could not shoote the Bridge, the Barge men beyng very vnwilling to shoote the same so soone as they did, because of the daunger therof: for the sterne of the Boate stroke vpō the ground: the fall was so bigge, and the water was so shallow. At
This anecdote appears as a note in Foxe's handwriting in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 419, fo. 137v. This anecdote was first printed in the 1570 edition.
This was William Paulet, the Marquis of Winchester (see J. G. Nichols (ed.), The Chronicle of Queen Jane and of Queeen Mary, Camden Society, Original Series 48 , p. 70). William Paulet was still alive when Foxe printed this narrative.
After this, passing a litle further, she sat downe vppon a cold stone, and there rested her selfe. To whom the Lieutenaunt then beyng, sayd: Madame, you were best to come out of the raine, for you sit vnwholesomly. She then replying, aunswered agayne: better sittyng here then in a worse place: for God knoweth, I know not whether you will bryng me. With that her Gentleman Vsher wept: she demaunding of him what he ment to vncomfortably to vse her, seyng she tooke hym to be her comforter and not to dismay her, especially for that she knew her truth to be such, that no mā should haue cause to weepe for her. But forth she went into the prison.[Back to Top]
The doores were locked & bolted vpon her: which did not a litle discōfort and dismay her grace. At what tyme she called to her Gentlewoman for her booke, MarginaliaThe Christian prayer of Lady Elizabeth.desiryng God not to suffer her to build her foundation vpon the sandes, but vpon the rocke, wherby all blasts of blusteryng weather should haue no power agaynst her. The doores being thus locked & she close shut vp, the Lordes had great conference how to keepe warde and watch, euery mā declaryng his opinion in that be-[Back to Top]
halfe, agreeyng straitly and circumspectly to keepe her. MarginaliaThe Lord of Sussex speaketh for Lady Elizabeth.Then one of thē, which was the Lord of Sussex, swearyng, sayd: my Lordes, let vs take heede, & do no more then our Commission will beare vs, what so euer shall happen hereafter. And further, let vs consider that she was the kyng our Maisters daughter, and therefore let vs vse such dealyng, that we may aunswere vnto it hereafter, if it shall so happen: for iust dealyng (quoth he) is alwayes aunswerable. Whereunto the other Lordes agreed that it was well sayd of hym, and therupon departed. Beyng in the Tower,
This anecdote appears as a note in Foxe's handwriting in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 419, fo. 137v. This anecdote first appeared in the 1570 edition.
It would make a pitifull and straunge story, here by the way to touch and recite what examinations and rackynges of poore men there were to finde out that knife that should cut her throte: what gapyng among my Lordes of the Clergy, to see the day wherein they might washe their goodly white rochetes in her innocēt bloud: MarginaliaThe B. of Winchester enemie to Lady Elizabeth.but especially the Byshop of Winchester Steuer Gardiner,
This passage is reprinted from John Aylmer, An harborow for faithfull and trewe subiectes (London: 1559), STC 1005, sigs. N3v-N4r, except that Foxe added the phrase blaming Stephen Gardiner.
MarginaliaLady Elizabeth examined by the B. of Winchester.At the first, she beyng so sodainly asked, did not well remember any such house: but within a while, well aduising her selfe, she sayd: In deede (quoth she) I do now remember that I haue such a place, but I neuer lay in it in all my lyfe. And as for any that hath moued me thereunto, I do not remember. Then to enforce the matter they brought forth Syr Iames Acroft. The Byshop of Wincester demaunded of her what she said to that man. She aunswered that she had litle to say to hym, or to the rest that were then prisoners in the Tower. But my Lords (quoth she) you do examine euery meane prisoner of me, wherein me thinkes you do me great iniury. If they haue done euill, and offended the Queenes Maiesty, let them aunswere to it accordingly. I besech you my Lordes, ioyne not me in thys sort with any of these offenders. And as concerning my goyng vnto Dunnington Castell, I do remember that master Hobby and mine officers, and you Syr Iames Acroft, had such talke: but what is that to þe purpose, my Lordes, but that I may go to my own houses at all tymes?[Back to Top]
MarginaliaThe frendly speach of the Earle of Arundell to the Lady Elizabeth.The Lord of Arundell kneeling downe, sayd: your grace sayth true, and certaynely we are very sory that we haue so troubled you about so vayne matters. She then sayd: my Lordes, you do sifte me very narrowly. But well I am assured, you shall do no more to me then God hath appointed: and so God forgeue you all.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaSyr Iames Acroft examined touchyng the Lady Elizabeth.At their departing, Sir Iames Acroft kneeled down, declaring that he was sory to see the day in which he should be brought as a witnes agaynst her grace. But I assure your grace (sayd he) I haue bene maruelously tossed and examined, touching your highnes, which the Lord knoweth is very straunge to me. For I take God to record before all your honours, I do not know any thing of that crime that you haue laid to my charge, and will thereupon take my death if I should be driuen to so straite a tryall.[Back to Top]
That day or thereaboutes, diuers of her owne officers, who had made prouision for her diet, brought the