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Compare 1577 edition: 1 And as it thus well appeared, that the house of Yorke shewed it selfe more bloudie in séeking to ob|teine the kingdome, than that of Lancaster in vsur|ping it: so it came to passe, that the Lords vengeance appeared more heauie towards the same than to|wards the other, not ceassing till the whole issue ma [...]e of the said Richard duke of Yorke was extinguished. For such is Gods iustice, to leaue no vnrepentant wickednesse vnpunished, as especiallie in this caitife Richard the third, not deseruing so much as the name of a man, much lesse of a king, most manifestlie ap|peareth. [At whom we will end, with a comparison of the like practise in Lodowike Storce, Abr. Flem. ex Gui [...] pag. 49. Lodowike Sforce duke [...]. Millan by vsurpation. aspiring to the dukedome of Millane, the name, armes and title wherof he tooke vpon him, hauing secretlie protested before, that he receiued them as apperteining to him by the inuestiture of the king of Romans.

It was published that the death of Galeas (his late predecessor) happened by immoderate cohabita|tion, but the vniuersall iudgment of Italie was, that he died not of infirmities naturall, nor by inconti|nencie, but by poison and violent compulsion. Wher|of Theodor de Pauia, one of the physicians, assis|ting when the king visited him, assured the king to sée most apparant and manifest signes: and if hee were dispatched by poison, there was none that doub|ted that his vncle was innocent, either directlie or indirectlie; as he, who not content with an absolute power to be gouernor of the state, but aspiring accor|ding to the common desires of great men, to make themselues glorious with titles and honors; and spe|ciallie he iudged, that both for his proper suertie and the succession of his children, the death of the lawfull prince was necessarie, and therefore thought to esta|blish in himselfe the power and name of duke. Wher|in ambition and couetousnesse preuailed aboue con|science and law of nature, and the gealous desire of dominion inforced his disposition (otherwise abhor|ring bloud) to that vile action.

But to end with king Richard sometimes duke of Glocester, a title of dignitie ioined with misfor|tune and vnluckinesse (as is noted Sée page 627. before.) So that for infelicitie it might well be compared vnto the name of Ione, a name vnhappie and much accurssed for the kingdome of Naples. As for king Richard, Guic. pag. 12. better had it béene for him to haue contented his heart with the protectorship, than to haue cast vp his snout, or lifted vp his hornes of ambition so high (and that with a setled intent) as to hacke and hew downe by violent blowes all likelie impediments betwixt him and home. Better (I say) had it béene for him to haue dwelt vpon his first honor, than to haue wan|dered in princelinesse; and better had it béene for him neuer to haue inioied the flattering prosperitie of a king, than afterwards to fall, and neuer to re|couer losse or ruine, as is noted by the poet, saieng:

Est melius nunquam felicia tempora nosse,
Quam post blanditias fortunae,T. Wat in Am. Quer. 7. fata maligna
Nec reparanda pati infortunia sortis iniquae.]

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