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Compare 1577 edition: 1 But to returne to king Henrie, who whilest he re|mained in Normandie (which was a long time after the apprehension of the two foresaid earles) vnder|stood that his sonne in lawe Henrie the emperour was departed this life at Utregt, the 23. of Maie last past.1126 Anno. Reg. 27. Wherevpon he sent for his daughter the EEBO page image 43 empresse to come ouer vnto him into Normandie, and hauing set his businesse in order on that side the sea, and taken hir with him, he returned into England before the feast of S. Michaell, where cal|ling a parlement, Polydor. An oth taken by the lords touching the succession of the crowne. he caused hir by authoritie of the same to be established as his lawfull heire and suc|cessor, with an article of intaile vpon hir issue, if it should please God to send hir any at all. At this par|lement was Dauid K. of Scotland, who succéeded A|lexander the fierce. Stephan earle of Morton and Bullongne, and son of Stephan earle of Blois, ne|phue to K. Henrie by his sister Adela; these two prin|ces chéefelie tooke their oth amongst other, to obey the foresaid empresse, as touching hir right and law|full claime to the crowne of England. But although Stephan was now the first that was to sweare,Stephan erle of Bullongne the first that offered to re|ceiue the oth. he became shortlie after the first that brake that oth for his owne preferment. ¶ Thus it commeth often to passe, that those which receiue the greatest benefits, doo oftentimes soonest forget to be thankefull.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 This Stephan latelie before by his vncle K. Hen|ries meanes, had purchased & got in marriage the onelie daughter and heire of Eustace earle of Bul|longne, and so after the decease of his father in lawe, became earle there: and further, had goodlie possessi|ons in England giuen him by the king, and yet (as farther shall appeare) he kept not his oth made with K. Henrie. Wil. Malm. Some write that there rose no small strife betwixt this earle Stephan, & Robert erle of Gloce|ster, in contending which of them should first receiue this oth: the one alledging that he was a kings son, the other affirming that he was a kings nephue.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Shortlie after this parlement was ended, K. Hen|rie held his Christmas at Windsor, where Thur|stan archbishop of Yorke (in preiudice of the right of William archbishop of Canturburie) would haue set the crowne vpon the kings head, Matth. Paris. at his going to the church: but he was put backe with no small re|proch;Strife be|twixt the pre|lates for pre|heminence. and his chapleine (whom he appointed to beare his crosse before him at his entrance into the kings chappell) was contemptuouslie and violentlie thrust out of the doores with crosse and all by the fréends of the archbishop of Canturburie. In short time, this vnseemlie contention betwixt Thurstan and Wil|liam the two archbishops grew so hot, that not one|lie both of them, but also the bishop of Lincolne went to Rome about the deciding of their strife.

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