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Anno Reg. 30. Iohn Hooker, aliàs Vowell. The king re|ceiued into Excester.[This yeare the king made a generall progresse and came to the citie of Excester, on mondaie the sixtéenth of Iulie at after noone, being the feast daie of saint Kenelme; and was receiued from place to place verie honorablie through the whole countrie. Before he came to this citie, he was met by all the cleargie in their degrées, some thrée miles, some two miles, and some at the citie, all in their copes, censing all the waies as they went. As soone as he came to this citie, he was first conducted to the cathedrall church in all most honourable order. When he had doone his oblations, he was conueied and lodged in the bishops house. During his abode here, there was a sessions kept before the duke of Summerset, and certeine men condemned to die for treason, and had iudgement to be executed to death.

The bishop and his clergie vnderstanding hereof, with open mouth complained vnto the king, that he caused a sessions to be kept within his sanctuarie, contrarie to the priuilege of his church: and that all their dooings (being doone against law) were of no effect. And notwithstanding the king and his coun|cell had discoursed vnto them the iust and orderlie procéeding,The bishop & his cleargie against the K. and the duke of Summer|set, &c. in de|fense of their ecclesiasticall priuilege. the hainousnesse of the offendors, and the necessitie of their punishment: yet all could not a|uaile, for holie church nor the sanctuarie might be pro|phaned (as they said) with the deciding of temporall matters. Wherevpon the king in the end yéelding to their exclaimes, released a couple of arrant traitors, and reuersed all his former lawfull procéedings, and so vpon the wednesdaie he departed and returned to|wards London.]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The duke of Yorke maketh claime to the crowne.The duke of Yorke pretending (as yée haue heard) a right to the crowne, as heire to Lionell duke of Clarence, came this yeare out of Ireland vnto Lon|don, in the parlement time, there to consult with his speciall fréends: as Iohn duke of Northfolke, Ri|chard earle of Salisburie, and the lord Richard his sonne, which after was earle of Warwike; Thomas Courtneie earle of Deuonshire, & Edward Brooke lord Cobham. After long deliberation and aduise ta|ken, it was thought expedient, to keepe their chéefe purpose secret; and that the duke should raise an ar|mie of men, vnder a pretext to remooue diuerse coun|cellors about the king, and to reuenge the manifest iniuries doone to the common-wealth by the same rulers. Of the which as principall, the duke of Sum|merset was namelie accused, both for that he was greatlie hated of the commons for the losse of Nor|mandie: and for that it was well knowne, that he would be altogither against the duke of Yorke in his chalenge to be made (when time serued) to the crowne; insomuch that his goods by the commons were fou|lie despoiled and borne awaie from the Blacke fri|ers. [...] Stow. After which riot, on the next morrow, proclamati|on was made through the citie, that no man should spoile or rob, on paine of death. But on the same daie at the standard in Cheape was a man beheaded for dooing contrarie to the proclamation.

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