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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 EEBO page image 809 Anno reg. [...].In this second yeare, the king being foorth on his progresse, heard euerie daie more & more complaints of Empson and Dudlei [...], set foorth and aduanced no doubt by the drift of their deadlie enimies. Where|fore,

The seuenth [...] hath Iohn Stow.

Empson and Dudleie be|headed.

he sent writs to the shiriffes of London, to put them to execution, and so the seuentéenth daie of Au|gust, they were both beheaded at the Tower hill, and both their bodies and heads buried, the one at the White friers, and the other at the Blacke friers. The king about this season was much giuen to plaie at te [...]isse,The king lost much monie at tenise. and at the dise, which appetite certeine craftie persons about him perceiuing, brought in French|men and Lombards to make wagers with him, & so lost much monie; but when he perceiued their craft, he eschued their companie and let them go.

¶On the first daie of Maie the king accompanied with manie lustie batchelers, Anno Reg. 3. [...] Hill in [...] 8. fol. xj. 1 [...]. on great and well doo|ing horsses rode to the wood to fetch Maie, where a man might haue séene manie a horsse raised on high with carrier, gallop, turne, and stop, meruellous to behold:The king and three other courtiers challengers. where he & three other, as sir Edward How|ard, Charles Brandon, and Edward Neuill, which were challengers with the king, shifted themselues into coats of gréene sattin garded with crimsin vel|uet. On the other part the earles of Essex, of Deuon|shire, the marquesse Dorset, & the lord Howard were all in crimsin satin, garded with a pounced gard of gréene veluet. And as they were returning on the hill, a ship met with them vnder saile: the maister hailed the king and that noble companie, and said that he was a mariner,A deuise of a ship vnder s [...]le and was come from many a strange port, and came thither to sée if anie déeds of armes were to be doone in the countrie, of the which he might make true report in other countries. An herald demanded the name of his ship; he answered she is called Fame, & is laden with good Renowme: then said the herald, If you will bring your ship into the baie of Hardinesse, you must double the point of Gentlenesse, and there you shall sée a companie that will meddle with your merchandize. Then said the king, Sithens Renowme is their merchandize, let vs buie it if we can. Then the ship shot a peale of guns, and sailed foorth before the kings companie, full of flags and banners, till it came to the tilt yard.

At after noone, the king and his thrée fellowes en|tered into the field, their bards and bases of crimsin and blue veluet, cut in quadrant cuts, embrodered full of pomegranats, and all the waiters in silke of the same colour. The other partie were in crimsin sattin and greene veluet. Then began the trumpets to sound, and the horsses to run, that manie a speare was burst, and manie a great stripe giuen: and for a truth the king excéeded in number of staues all other euerie daie of the three daies. Wherefore on the third daie,The king brake more staues than the rest and had the prise giuen him. the queene made a great banket to the king and all them that had iusted: and after the banket doone, she gaue the chiefe prise to the king, the second to the earle of Essex, the third to the earle of Deuonshire, and the fourth to the lord marquesse Dorset. Then the heralds cried; My lords, for your noble feats in armes, God send you the loue of your ladies that you most desire. The king euer desirous to serue Mars, began another iusts the fiftéenth daie of the said moneth. The king & his band were all in gréene silke, and the earle of Essex and his band in blue, gar|ded with gold, and all the speares were painted of the same colours. There was good running and manie a speare brust: but for all the sport euerie man feared least some ill chance might happen to the king, and faine would haue had him a looker on rather than a dooer, and spake thereof as much as they durst: but his courage was so noble that he would euer be at she one end.]

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