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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 In the 34. yeare of his reigne, his brother Ro|bert Curthose departed this life in the castell of Car|diff. Matth. Paris. Matth. West. Anno Reg. 35. It is said that on a festiuall daie king Henrie put on a robe of scarlet, the cape wherof being streict, he rent it in striuing to put it ouer his head: and per|ceiuing it would not serue him, he laid it aside, and said; Let my brother Robert haue this robe, who hath a sharper head than I haue. Which when it was brought to duke Robert, and the rent place not sow|ed vp, he perceiued it, and asked whether any man had worne it before. The messenger told the whole matter, how it happened. Wherewith duke Robert tooke such a greefe for the scornefull mocke of his bro|ther, that he waxed wearie of his life, and said; Now I perceiue I haue liued too long,The deceasse of Robert Curthose. that my brother shall cloth me like his almes man with his cast and rent garments. Thus cursing the time of his natiui|tie, he refused from thencefoorth to eat or drinke, and so pined awaie, and was buried at Glocester.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 King Henrie remaining still in Normandie, rode round about a great part of the countrie, shewing no small loue and courtesie to the people, studieng by all meanes possible to win their fauours, and bring merie amongst them. Howbeit nothing reioised EEBO page image 45 him more, than that his daughter Maud the empresse at the same time was deliuered of hir second sonne named Geffrey, so that he saw himselfe prouided of an assured successour.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 But whilest he thus passed the time in mirth and solace, Polydor. he began soone after to be somewhat diseased, and neuer could perceiue any euident cause thereof.1135 Anno. Reg. 35. Wherefore to driue his greese away, he went abrode to hunt, and being somewhat amended thereby (as he thought) at his comming home he would néeds eat of a lamprey, Matth. West. Sim Dunel. though his physician counselled him to the contrarie: but he delighting most in that meat (though it be in qualitie verie hurtfull to health) would not be dissuaded from it, so that his stomach being annoied therewith, he fell immediatlie into an ague,King Henrie departeth this life. and so died shortlie after, on the first day of December, being as then about 67. yeares of age, after he had reigned 35. yeres, & foure moneths lack|ing foure daies. His bodie was conueied into Eng|land, and buried at Reading within the abbey church which he had founded, and endowed in his life time with great and large possessions. It is written, that his bodie, Matth. West. Ran. Higd. Sim. Dunel. to auoid the stench which had infected ma|nie men, was closed in a buls hide, and how he that clensed the head died of the sauour which issued out of the braine.

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