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Compare 1577 edition: 1 This Iohn Gréene did his errand vnto Braken|berie, knéeling before our ladie in the Tower. Who plainelie answered,The murther of the two yoong princes set abroch. that he would neuer put them to death to die therefore. With which answer Iohn Gréene returning, recounted the same to king Ri|chard at Warwike yet in his waie. Wherewith he tooke such displeasure & thought, that the same night he said vnto a secret page of his:

Ah! whom shall a man trust? Those that I haue brought vp my selfe, those that I had wéent would most suerlie serue me, euen those faile me, and at my commandement will doo nothing for me. Sir (quoth his page) there lieth one on your pallet without, that I dare well saie, to doo your grace pleasure, the thing were right hard that he would refuse.
Meaning this by sir Iames Tirrell, which was a man of right goodlie personage,Sir Iames Tirrell de|scribed. and for natures gifts worthie to haue serued a much better prince, if he had well serued God, and by grace obteined as much truth and good will as he had strength and wit.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The man had an high heart, & sore longed vpward, not rising yet so fast as he had hoped,Authoritie [...]|ueth no part|ners. being hindered & kept vnder by the meanes of sir Richard Ratcliffe, EEBO page image 735 and sir William Catesbie, which longing for no mo parteners of the princes fauour; and namelie, not for him, whose pride they wist would beare no péere, kept him by secret drifts out of all secret trust, which thing this page well had marked and knowne. Wherefore this occasion offered, of verie speciall friendship he tooke his time to put him forward, and by such wise doo him good, that all the enimies he had (except the de|uill) could neuer haue doone him so much hurt. For vpon this pages words king Richard arose (for this communication had he sitting at the draught, a con|uenient carpet for such a councell) and came out in|to the pallet chamber, on which he found in bed sir Iames and sir Thomas Tirrels, of person like, and brethren of bloud, but nothing of kin in conditions.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Then said the king merilie to them; What sirs, be ye in bed so soone? And calling vp sir Iames, brake to him secretlie his mind in this mischéeuous mat|ter. In which he found him nothing strange. Where|fore on the morow he sent him to Brakenberie with a letter,The constable of the Tower deliuereth the keies to sir Iames Tir|rell vpon the kings com|mandement. by which he was commanded to deliuer sir Iames all the keies of the Tower for one night, to the end he might there accomplish the kings plea|sure, in such things as he had giuen him commande|ment. After which letter deliuered, & the keies recei|ued, sir Iames appointed the night next insuing to destroie them, deuising before and preparing the meanes. The prince (as soone as the protector left that name, and tooke himselfe as king) had it shewed vn|to him, that he should not reigne, but his vncle shuld haue the crowne. At which word the prince sore aba|shed, began to sigh, and said: Alas, I would my vn|cle would let me haue my life yet, though I leese my kingdome.

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