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Compare 1577 edition: 1 But to returne to king Stephan, who after he had thus imprisoned the aforesaid bishops, manned those castles which he tooke from them with his owne sol|diers, in like maner as he had doone all the rest which he had taken from the rebels, that he might the bet|ter withstand the empresse and hir sonne, whose com|ming he euer feared. He began also to shew himselfe cruell towards all men, and namelie against those that had chieflie furthered his title to the obteining of the crowne. ¶ This (as manie tooke it) came to passe by the prouidence of almightie God, that those should suffer for their periuries, which contrarie to law and right had consented to crowne him king.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 In déed he wist not well whom he might trust, for he stood in doubt of all men,K. Stephan doubts whom to trust. bicause he was aduerti|sed by credible report, that the empresse sought for aid on all sides, meaning verie shortlie to come into England. For this cause also he thought good to pro|cure the fréendship of Lewes king of France, which he brought to passe,He cõtracteth affinitie with the French king. by concluding a mariage be|twéene his sonne Eustace and the ladie Constance sister to the said Lewes. But within a few yeares after, this Eustace died, and then was Constance maried to Raimond earle of Tholouse.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Wil. Malm. Polydor. Matt. Paris. Alberike de Uéer plea|deth the kings cause.In the meane time, namelie on the first daie of September, a councell was holden at Winchester, wherein earle Alberike de Ueer pleaded with great eloquence the kings case, in excuse of his fault for imprisoning the bishops, which was sore laid to his charge by his owne brother the bishop of Winche|ster, being also the popes legat: who (togither with the archbishop of Canturburie and other bishops) had called this councell for that purpose. Howbeit they got nothing of the king but faire words, and promi|ses of amendment in that which had béene doone o|therwise than equitie required, which promises were vtterlie vnperformed, and so the councell brake vp.

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