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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Shortlie after sir Robert Clifford, partlie trust|ing on the kings promise,1494 Anno Reg. 1. and partlie mistrusting the desperat begun enterprise, returned suddenlie a|gaine into England. The king certified before of his comming, went streight to the Tower of London the morow after the day of Epiphanie, & there taried till such time as sir Robert Clifford was there presen|ted to his person. This was doone for a policie,Policie of K. Henrie a|gainst Ro|bert Clifford. that if sir Robert accused anie of the nobilitie, they might be called thither without suspicion of anie euill, and their attached and laid fast. Some thought also, that for a policie king Henrie sent sir Robert Clifford o|uer as an espie, or else he would not so soone haue re|ceiued him into fauour againe. Neuerthelesse, there were great presumptions that it was nothing so, for both was he in great danger after his begun at|tempt, and neuer was so much estéemed with the king afterward as he was before.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 But this is true, vpon his comming to the kings presence, he besought him of pardon, and obteined it; and therewith opened all the maner of the conspira|cie; so far as he knew, and who were aiders, fautors, and chiefe beginners of it;Sir William Stanleie a fauourer of Perkin. amongst whome he accu|sed sir William Stanleie, whome the king had made his chiefe chamberleine, and one of his priuie coun|cell. The king was sorie to heare this, and could not be induced to beleeue that there was so much vn|truth in him, till by euident proofes it was tried a|gainst him. Then the king caused him to be restrei|ned from his libertie in his owne chamber within the quadrat tower, and there appointed him by his pri|uie councell to be examined, in which examination he nothing denied, but wiselie and sagelie agréed to all things laid to his charge, if he were faultie therein.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The report is, that this was his offense.The offense of sir William Stanleie. When communication was had betwixt him, and the aboue mentioned sir Robert Clifford, as concerning Per|kin, which falselie vsurped the name of K. Edwards sonne; sir William Stanleie said, that if he knew certeinlie that the yoong man was the indubitate heire of king Edward the fourth, he would neuer fight or beare armour against him. This point argu|ed, that he bare no hartie good will toward king Hen|rie as then. But what was the cause that he had con|ceiued some inward grudge towards the king; or how it chanced that the king had withdrawen his speciall fauor from him, manie haue doubted.Coniectures of sir William Stanleies a|lienated from king Henrie. Some indéed haue gessed, that sir William Stanlie, for the seruice which he shewed at Bosworth field, thought that all the benefits which he receiued of the king to be farre vnder that which he had deserued, in preser|uing not onelie the kings life; but also in obteining for him the victorie of his enimies, so that his aduer|sarie was slaine in the field.

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