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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 Howbeit, this dame Elizabeth hir selfe, being in seruice with queene Margaret, wife vnto king Hen|rie the sixt, wis maried vnto one [Iohn] Greie an es|quier, whome king Henrie made knight vpon the field that he had on [Barnet heath by saint Albons] against king Edward. But litle while inioied he that knighthood: for he was at the same field slaine. Af|ter which doone, and the earle of Warwike, being in his ambassage about the afore remembred mariage, this poore ladie made humble sute vnto the king, that she might be restored vnto such small lands as hir late husband had giuen hir in iointure. Whome when the king beheld, and heard hir speake, as she was both faire and of a goodlie fauor, moderate of stature, well made, and verie wise: he not onelie pitied hir, but also w [...]xed inamoured of hir. And taking hir af|terward secretlie aside, began to enter in talking more familiarlie. Whose appetite when she perceiued, she vertuouslie denied him.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 But that did she so wiselie, and with so good ma|ner, and words so well set, that she rather kindled his desire than quenched it. And finallie, after manie a méeting, much wooing, and many great promises, she well espieng the kings affection toward hir so great|lie increased, that she durst somewhat the more bold|lie saie hir mind, as to him whose hart she perceiued more seruentlie set, than to fall off for a word. And in conclusion,A wise an|swer of a chast and continent ladie. she shewed him plaine, that as she wis [...] hir selfe too simple to be his wife, so thought she hir selfe too good to be his concubine. The king much maruelling at hir constancie (as he that had not béen woont elsewhere to be so stiffelie said naie) so much e|steemed hir continencie and chastitie, that he set hir vertue in the stéed of possession and riches: and thus taking counsell of his desire, determined in all possi|ble hast to marie hir.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Now after he was thus appointed, and had be|twéene them twaine insured hir: then asked he coun|sell of his other fréends, and that in such maner, as they might then perceiue it booted not greatlie to say naie.The kings mother. Notwithstanding the duches of Yorke his mo|ther was so sore mooued therewith, that she dissuaded the mariage as much as she possible might; alledg|ing that it was his honour, profit, and suertie also, to marie in a noble progenie out of his realme, where|vpon depended great strength to his estate, by the af|finitie and great possibilitie of increase of his posses|sion. And that he could not well otherwise doo, see|ing that the earle of Warwike had so farre moued alreadie: which were not likelie to take it well, if all his voiage were in such wise frustrate, and his ap|pointment deluded. And she said also, that it was not princelie to marie his owne subiect, no great occasi|on leading therevnto, no possessions, or other com|modities depending therevpon; but onlie as it were a rich man that would marie his maid, onelie for a lit|tle wanton do [...]age vpon hir person.

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