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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Anno Reg. 14. The death of the duke of Bedford re|gent of FrãceThis yeare the fourtéenth daie of September died Iohn duke of Bedford, regent of France, a man both politike in peace, and hardie in warre, and yet no more hardie than mercifull when he had the victorie, whose bodie was with all funerall solemnitie buried in the cathedrall church of our ladie in Rone, on the north side of the high altar, vnder a sumptuous and costlie monument. Which toome when king Lewes the eleauenth, by certeine vndiscreet persons was counselled to deface, affirming that it was a great dishonour both to the king and to the realme, to see the enimie of his father and theirs to haue so solemne and rich a memoriall:A worthy sai|eng of a wise prince. he answered saieng,

What ho|nour shall it be to vs, or to you, to breake this monu|ment, and to pull out of the ground the dead bones of him, whome in his life neither my father nor your progenitours, with all their power, puissance, and fréends were once able to make flée one foot back|ward; but by his strength, wit, and policie, kept them all out of the principall dominions of the realme of France, and out of this noble and famous duchie of Normandie? Wherefore I saie, first, God haue his soule, and let his bodie now lie in rest, which when he was aliue, would haue disquieted the proudest of vs all. And as for the toome, I assure you, it is not so de|cent nor conuenient, as his honour and acts deser|ued, although it were much richer, and more beau|tifull.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 [...] The frost was so extreame this yeare, beginning about the fiue and twentith daie of Nouember, and continuing till the tenth of Februarie, that the ships with merchandize arriuing at the Thames mouth, could not come vp the riuer: so their lading there faine to be discharged, was brought to the cit [...]e by land. After the death of that noble prince the duke of Bedford, the bright sunne in France toward Eng|lishmen, began to be cloudie, and dailie to darken, the Frenchmen began not onelie to withdrawe their obedience by oth to the king of England, but also tooke sword in hand & openlie rebelled. Howbeit all these mishaps could not anie thing abash the vali|ant courages of the English people: for they hauing no mistrust in God and good fortune,The duke of Yorke made regent of France. set vp a new saile, began the warre afresh, and appointed for re|gent in France, Richard duke of Yorke, sonne to Richard earle of Cambridge.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Although the duke of Yorke was worthie (both for birth and courage) of this honor and preferment, yet so disdeined of Edmund duke of Summerset being cousine to the king, that by all means possible he sought his hinderance, as one glad of his losse, and sorie of his well dooing: by reason whereof, yer the duke of Yorke could get his dispatch, Paris and di|uerse other of the cheefest places in France were gotten by the French king. The duke of Yorke per|ceiuing his euill will, openlie dissembled that which he inwardlie minded, either of them working things to the others displeasure, till through malice & diuisi|on betwéene them, at length by mortall warre they were both consumed, with almost all their whole lines and ofspring.

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