James Gairdner.

Three fifteenth-century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurrences written by him in the reign of Queen Elizabeth online

. (page 11 of 20)
Online LibraryJames GairdnerThree fifteenth-century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurrences written by him in the reign of Queen Elizabeth → online text (page 11 of 20)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

sists only of nine stanzas, of which the first seven agree pretty nearly with the first
seven in this transcript.

b Nicholas, of the Tower, was the name of the ship by which the Dnke of
Suffolk's vessel was stopped upon the sea.

*= The Cott. version reads; " that he ne passede that hour."

100 stowe's memokanda.

Placebo, begynneth tlie Bishop of Hereforthe.^
Dilexi, quod y^ Bisshop of Cliester,'' for my avaimse.
Hew michi, seyd Salysbery,^ this game gothe ferforthe.
Ad Dominum cum tribularer, seyth y^ Abbot of Glocester.*^
Dominus custodit, thus seyth y*^ Bisshoppe of Rowchestre.®
Levavi oculos meos, seyth Frere Stanbery*
Si iniquitates, seyth y*^ Bysshope of Worcestre.s
For Jake Napis sowle de jjrofimdis clamavi.

Opet^a manium '' tuarum, seyth y^ cardinal! ' wysely,

Hath wronge confitehor for all Jake Napis wisdome.

Audivi vocem, seyd Jhesus on hye.

Magnificat anima mea Dominum.

Now to this dyryge most we nedys come.

This joyfnll tyme to sey brevely,

ix spalmes ix lessons to sey all and sum.

For Jake Napys sowlle placebo and dirige.

Executor of this office dirge for to synge, I

Shall begynne y'' Bisshope of Seynt As.''

Varba mea auribus, seythe the Abbot of Redynge,

For all our hope and joy is come to alias.

Convertere Domine, for us wantyth grace,

Thow Abbot of Seynt Albonys full sorely synge ye.

The Abbot of the Towre Hyll, with his fate face,

Tremelyth and quaky the, for Domine ne in furore.

* Eichard Beauchamp, who was translated to Salisbury the same year.

^ The Bishop of Chester, /. c. of Coventry and Lichfield, at the time was William

<^ William Ayscough, Bishop of Salisbury, who was murdered soon after Suffolk,
29 June, 1450. He was clerk of the Council to Henry VI.

<i Keginald Butler, or Boulers, who was made Bishop of Hereford, 23 Dec. 1450.

" John Lowe.

f John Stanbury, a Carmelite, Provost of Eton, who was nominated by the King
to the Bishopric of Norwich in 1445, but set aside by the Pope.

e John Carpenter. ^ So in MS.

» John Kemp, Cardinal Archbishop of York.

'' Thomas, Bishop of St. Asaph, whose surname is not known.

stowe's aiemokanua. 101

Master Watyr Lyard" schall sey ue ([vando.

The Abbes of Scyut Alborghc,'' Domine Deus mens, in te i^peravi.

Eeguiem eternam, God grawnt hem to,

To sey a patar nostar, the Bysshop of Seynt Davi,'^

For the sowles of thes wyse ami wurthy,

Adam Molens,'' Suffolke, Sir Robert Ros/' thcs thre.

And specyally for Jake Napis sowlle that evar was sly,

For his sowle placebo and diriye.

Rys up, Lord Say, and rede Parce iiu'chi, Domine,
Nichil enim sunt dies mei, that shalt tliow singe.
The Bysshope of Carlyll ' seyth credo videie
All fals traytors to come to evyll endynge,
Dwelled thow shalt withe grete mornynge,
Hede Tedet aniniam meam vite mee,
Manus hie, Danyell,'' thow shalt synge.
For Jake Napis sowle jjlaceho and dirige.

Qui Lazarum resussistasti, Trevilyan ' shall singe ;

Hungerford, manus tue Jecerunt me,

Uby me abscondam, for dred this day,

John Say synge Dominus regit me ;

Nichyll michi deerit for owt that I can se.

Ad te Domine levavi, Master Somerset shall rede.

John Penycoke, Delycta juventutis mee,

Alias, whythar may I fle for dred ?

" He was Bishop of Norwich at this time, or else this is a namesake. A little
later (1467) we find that a Walter Hert (undoubtedly the same name) was a Pre-
bendary of St. Paul's.

'' The Cott. ^IS. here reads " The Abbot of Westmynstre."

■= John Delabere.

^ Adam IMoleyus, Bishop of Chichester, who was murdered in January 1450.

* He was associated with Bishop Moleyns in delivering up Maine to the French.

f Nicholas Close.

g "Dwelle."' Pi-obably a transcribers error for " Dudley.'" The Cott. MS. reads:
" The Baron of Dudley, with grete mornynge."

'' Thomas Daniel, one of the most unpopular of the King's councillors.

' John Treyilian, alluded to as "the Cornish Chough " in another political poem.

102 stowe's memoranda,

Dominus illuminacio help, for now is ned,

Seyth Maystar Wyll Say, I trow it wyll not be.

Credo videre, Sir Thomas Stanle take hede.

For Jake Napis sowle placebo and dirige.

In memoria eterna, seyth Mayster Thomas Kent,

Now schall owre treson be cornicled for erar,

Patar nostar, seyd Mayster Geryeyse, we be all shentj,

For so fals a company in Englond was neyar.

The Abbot of Barmundsej, full of lechery,

Quantas habeo iniquitatys take for thy lesson.

Gabull of the Chancery begynyth Hew michi,

That is his preve bande and detent of treson.

Homo natus de muliere, seyth y^ Master of Sent Laurence^

Repletur multis miseriis^ and that shall he wayll,

Of Jake Napes sort that hath don gret offence,

And ever whill he ly vyd chelfe of his counceyll.

Ne reeorderys, Stephen Shegge '"^ shall synge.

Quis michi tribuat for wichecraft, seyth Stace,

Domine, non secundum actum meum, for then shall I hynge

For Jake Napys sowle placebo and dirige.

Expectans expectavi, seyth Sir Thomas Hoo.

Complaceat tibi, begynneth John Hampton.

Beatus qui intelligit and dredit also,

Seyth John Fortescw, all this fals treson.

Sana Domine owre wittes with reson,

The Lorde Sudeley devoutly prayth.

Quem admodum desiderat, y® Lord Stowrton, •

Sitivit anima mea, for hym lyeth.

The Lord Ryvers all onely seythe

Requiem eternam, God grawnt us to se.

A pater nostar ther must be in feyth,

For Jake Napis sowle placebo and dirige.

Soin MS., bntqu. Slegge? See p. 98,


stowe's memoran

Spin'his mens attcnnabi/tvr, Blakney shall begyn.

Pecantem me cotidie, seytli Myners,

Pelle me consumptus carnibus '^ to the nynne,

Robart Home, aldeniian, that shall be thy vers.

Requiem eternam for the rcspons.

Phylip Malpas be thow redy to synge,

It wexyth dorko, thow nedyst a scons,

Com forth, Jude,'^ for thow shalt in brynge.

Quare de vulva eduxisti?

Ser Thomas Tudnam, that rede ye.

Abbot of Westmystar, com stond by

In thy myter and cope, and sey Jihera me.

Arys np, Thorp and Cantelowe, and stond ye togeder.

And synge Dies ilia, dies ire.

Pulford and Hanley, that drownyd y« Duke of Glocestar,<=

As two traytors shall synge or dent es anime.'^

And all trew comyns ther to be bolde

To sey Requiescant in pace.

For all the fals traytors that Engelond hath sold,

And for Jake Napis sowlle placebo and dirige. — Finis.

Amen. Writn owt of David Norcyn his booke by John Stowe.

* " Pelli meae consumptis camibns adhsesit os." — Job xix. 20.

'' Probably John Judde, an officer of the ordnance to Henry VI. See Steyenson's
Wars of the English in France, ii. 512.

'■ This is a most extraordinary statement, as the Duke of Gloucester, whether
murdered or not, certainly died in his bed.

' " Orde'tes a'i'e," MS.; qu "ardentes "? I can find no corresponding psalm or

104 stowe's memoranda.

The Cristenyn^e of Prince Arthure, sonne to Kynge
Henrie y^ VII. at Sent Swithins in Winchestar.

Fyrst my Lady Cecily °' bare my lord prince to churche ; my
Lord Marques'' and my Lorde of Lyncoln ledde my Lady Cecily;
my Lady Marques, and afFtar Cheyne as chamberlyn, bare the trayne
of y'^ mantyll; my Lady Anne y^ quens sister bare y« crysom. The
hole chapell met with my lord prynce in y® qwens great chamber.
My Lord Laware, my Lord Widvell,*^ my Lord John of Arondell,
and Mastar Awdley bare y^ clothe of astate. The torches unlight
met hym at the steyre foote of y*^ qwenes great chamber, and so
went by fore hym unlyght to the chirche. Many ladyes and gentyl-
women folowyd hym. Knyston, Geddyng, gentilmen usshers, and
Piers Wratton and John Amyas, yomen usshers, had y^ rewle of
y^ conveyaunce of the torches. The sergeaunt of the pantry was
redy with a ryche salt, and my Lord of Essyx bare y° same salte
by fore my lorde prince to the churche. The sergaint of the
ewrey was redy with a payre of coverd basons and a fay re towel 1
lyeng ther upon, and my Lord Straunge bare them to the churche.
Syr Rychard Gyldford, Knyght Constable, and Mastar Troblefylde,
had the kepynge of the churche dores with his meyne. Fowre
gentylmen and yowmen of the crowne had the kepynge of y®
barryers a bowt the fonte, for y° comynge in of the preas. Ser
Davy Owen, Master Poynes and iij othar knyghts and gentylmen,
had y® kepynge and charge of the funte. Two gentylmen usshers
had y*^ kepynge of y® travers by the fonte where my lord prynce
was dysaparilyd, and aftar his cristynynge arrayed, and ther fyar

" Cecily, daughter of Edward IV.
^ Marquis of Dorset.

« Sir Edward Woodville, called Lord Woodville by courtesy, who was slain at the
battle of St. Aubin, in Britanny, in 1488.

stowe's memoranda. in.>

and fumygacions and many royull thyngs don. IMy Lord ]\Iarqucs,
my Lord of Lyncolne, and my Lord Strawnge, served Qwene
Klisabethc^ at wayshyng aftar y cristinyngc, and ^Lastar Wcste,
my Lordc Lawarc is brother, and Syr Roger Cotton, servyd
the rcmnaunt of the gossoppcs. My Lord Nevyll bare y*^ taper
byfore my lord prynce aftar the cristinynge to the hygh awUter.
Aftar all y* observaunces was gyven spicis and wync to the states.
]\Iy lord prynce was had frome the hyghe aultar to Sent Swithins
shrine and there ofyryd, and tlier was songen Te Deum Laudamiis.
All the torches lyght browght my lord prynce to his chamber.
All the harolds went before bothe to the churclie and home agayne.
And tlie trompitis blewe afFtar his cristenynge byfore hym home to
his chamber. Ser William Stonnar, Ser Charles Somerset, and
Sir John Wyngfeld bare tlies gyfftes tliat y^ gosyppis gave to his
chamber byfore hym. The gyfftes were thes : Qwene Elisabeth
gave a cuppe of gold set with stones, my Lorde of Derby a salte of
gowlde, my Lorde of Oxenford a payre of basons with a cuppe of
assay all gylt, my Lorde Matrevys a cofer of gold set with stones.
All the great body of Seynt Swethyns churche to the liygh aultar
was hangyd with arras. Ther was made an hyghe stoke for a fonte
with grecis round abowght, and the fonte was of sylvar browght
from Cawnterbery and a royal canapie over y*^ same. The gossyppes
ben thes: Quene Elizabethe, godmothar, my Lord of Derby and
my Lorde Matravers at y^ fonte, and my Lord of Oxenforde at y^
confirraacion. i\Iy Lord of Worcestar cristenyd hym, and his name
is Arthurc, doughtles a fayre prince and a lorge of bones ; owre
Lord save hym ! Ther was present v mytars, that is to say : my
Lord Sarum, my Lord of Excestre, my Lord of Worcestre, y^ abot
of Hyde, and y*^ pryowr of Seynt Swythynes.

" Not the (lueen of Henry VII., but her mother, the widow of Edward IV., who
was godmother tc the child.


106 stowe's memoranda.

The maner of makynge Knyghtes aftar y*" custome of
England in tyme of peace, and at the coronacion,
that is to say, Knyghtes of the Bathe.

When an esquier commytlie in to courte for to receyve y^ order
of knyghthode in tyme of peace, after y^ custome of England, he
shalbe worshipfully receyvyd of y^ offycers of the cowrte, as of y^
stywarde or chamberleyn, yf they be present, and ellys of y*^ marshall
and usshers, in y'' absence of y° stwwarde and chamberlyne. And
then ther shalbe ordeyned ij worshipfFull esquyers, wise and well
noryshid in curtesye, and experte in y^ dedes of knyghthode, and
they shalbe govowrnowrs to hyni to serve and ordeyn what shall
longe to hym for the tyme. And in case that the esquire come
before dyner he shall serve the kynge of watar, or of a dyshe onely
of the fyrst course. And that is do to take leve of service of
esquires. Then his govornowrs shall lede hym in to his chamber
with owten eny more to be sene that daye ; and at even the govern-
owrs shall sende aftar the barbowr, and he shall make redy a bathe
in the best wyse that he kan, the fatt with in and with owt wrapped
with lynnyn clothe clene and white, and coveryd with thikke
carpites for colde of the nyght. Then shall the esquers herd be
shave and his hede rounded; which done y° govornowrs shall goo
unto y'' kynge and to hym say thus : "Moaste myghtye prynce, owr
soverayne lorde, lo it wexithe nere unto the eve, and owr maystor is
redy unto the bathe when it pleasythe yowr royall majestye." And
uppou that the kynge shall commaund his chamberleyne to go unto
tlic esquiers chamber that is to be made knyght, and to take with
hym the moste wortliy and wityeste knyghtes that bene then present
to thentent that they shall the same esquier trewly councell, enforme,
and teache wysely of y'' order of knyghthode. And so with that
othar yonge esquiers of the howsholde with mynstrells syngynge
and daunsyng shall go be fore the chamberleyn and y^ sayd knyghtes

stowe's memoranda. 107

unto the tymc that they come unto the chambrc dore of y'' said
esquier that is to be made knyglit. When the govornowrs herythe
noysc of mynstrills. anon tliey shall make naked theyr master, and
all nakyd shalbe put in to the bathe. The mynstrells be fore the
entric of the chambeileync and other noble knyghtes shall abydc
and be styll with owtyn noyse, to gyder with the sayde esquires
levynge theyr noyse for the tyme; which thynge done the chambcr-
lyne with y*^ sayd noble knyghtes shall enter privelye with owten
noyse in to the chamber of the seyd esquire; and when they enter
everyche to othar shall than do reverence and worshype whiche of
them shalbe the fyrst for to counsell y^ esquier in the bathe of y°
order and y° makynge to performe y kyngs commaundement. And
whan they bene accordyd than shall y'' fyrst goo in to the bathe,
and there he shall knele be fore y® bathe, sayenge secretely to y'^
esquier thus : " Eyght dere broder, great worshype be this order unto
yow. Allmyghty God gyye yow y'^ preysynge of knyghthod, lo
this that order be ye stronge," &c.''' Whan the esquire is councellyd
the same knyght counselour shall take in his bond watar of y'' bathe,
and shall put it uppon y® shulders of y'' esquiers and take his leve to
go and departe. And the governowrs at all tymes shall ke])pe y°
sydes of y° bathe. In this wyse shall all the orders of knyghtes
aforesaye do everiche aftar othar in the best wyse that they can,
and this done the knyghtes with owt noyse shall go owte of the
chamber for the tyme; then shall theyr governors take their maister
owt of the bathe and laye hym saftlie in his bed to drie. And y<^
bede shall not be of great valewe, but with owtyn cowlowrs and
curtyns. And when y^ esquier is well dryed he shall ryse owt of
his bed, and shall clothe hym warme for the wache of the nyght.
And uppon all his clothes he shall have a cope of blakke russet with
longe sieves, and the hode sewyd unto y*' coppe in maner of an
heremy te. The esquier thus arrayed and made redye, y*^ barbar shall
put awaye y bathe; and all thynge that is abowt y'' bathe, also well
with owt as with in, the barbowr shall take all for his fee. And
" See note at the end of this article, p. 113.

108 stowe's memoranda.

all so he shall have for his shavynge lyke as it foloythe here afftar.
That is to wete, yf he be a duke, an erle, a baronne, or a bachelowr,
aftar y*' custome of y«= courte everiche shall have aftar his estate, and
principally yf judgement be requiryd it shalbe then at y^ will of y*^
kyngs majestic. Aftar this y*^ governors shall open the dore of y®
chamber, and y° knyghtis shall entar in agayne with mynsteryles
playnge in ther instrumentes and esquiers before them syngynge and
daunsynge shall lede the esquier in to the chapell. Ther shalbe
ordenyd spicis and wyne for y^ knyghtes and esquiers; whiche thyng
done, the governours shall lede thies knyghtes aforne thes squeres'^
for to take there leve, and he with silence shall thanke them of
their labours and worshypes that they have done unto hym.
In that wyse they shall goo owt of y'' chapell, the governours
shall shitte the dore till y*^ dawnynge wex clere and y*' daye
come, and ther shall abyde none in y'' chapell but y*^ esquier,
governours, and y*^ wayte his chaplyne chaundeler. In this wyse
shall y° esquier all nyght tyll it be day abyde ever in his prayers,
praynge and besechyng Almyghty God and y*^ blesyd Virgyn
Marie his moder that thylke passynge temporall dignyte he may
receve to his worshipe and praysynge of God and y^ blessyd Virgyn
Marie his moder, holy churche and the order of knyghthode. And
when y^ dawnynge comythe he shall have a prest and be con-
fessyd if it will lyke hym of his synns and trespas; whiche thynge
done he shall have his mattyns and masse and be comynt yf he will.
Aftar his entre in to y^ chapell he shall evar more have a serge or
a tapir of wax brenynge afore hyme. And when masse is begonnen,
on of yc governours shall holde a taper brenynge afore hym unto
the tyme of y'' gospell be begonne, and then he shall be take it unto
his maistcr whiche shalle holde it in his hands tyll y*^ gospell be
endyd, allwaye his hede beynge coveryd ; and at y*^ end of y*" gospell
the governowr shall reseyve the taper agayne and putt it afore his
maistcr unto thend of the masse. And at y^ levacion of the sacrament
one of y° govornowrs shall put of the hode of his maister, and afF[t]ar
" Should l)e " the squire."

stowe's memoranda. 109

y* syght ofy*^ sacrament he shall do it on agaync tyll hi principio

be bcgunnc; and then one of liis governours shall put of his hodc and

make hyni stondc and holde y'' sayd taper in his honde, havyngc in

y'' snyde taper stikynge a peny nye to the light; and when y° priste

say the Vevhuiu caro factum est he shall knele downe and offer y'^

taper and y'' peny to y'^ worshipe of God, and y" peny to y^ worshipe

of hym that shall make hym knyght. Thes thyngcs done, y*"

govowrnors shall lede hyni agayne in to his chamber and lay hym

agayne in his bede till it be forthe dayes. And ther shall he take

y^ rest that y'^ wache of y" nyght made wery. So than y° bedde

shall be amendyd and refresshed before y*^ tyme that his mastar

wake, that is to wete with covertwr of clothe of golde callyd sedecon ; *

and that shall be lynyd with carde. And when they se tyme thay

shall goo to y^ kynge and saye to hyme thus : '' Most victoriws prince,

when that it lykythe unto yowre mayestie, owr maister shall a wake."

And ther uppon y*^ kynge shall commaund y" knyghties squere to

wake hym, arraye hym and clothe hym and brynge hym in to y''

hall before y^ kynge hym selffe. But before y*^ comynge of y® knyghts

in to y*^ esquiers chambre y'' govowrnors shall ordeigne all manar

necessaries redie by ordre for to be delyvered unto y^ knyghtes.

And whan thes knyghtes be commen unto theyr chambre they shall

enter softly e with owt eny noyse and say to y'' esquier, " Ser, good

daye, it is tyme to aryse." x\nd with that y^ govornowrs shall take

and arayse hym uppe by y*^ armes. Than y^ moaste worthy and

mostc wyse knyght shall take to hym his sherte, and othar next

worthye his breche, y" third his dowblett, y*^ fowrthe shall clothe

hym with a gowne of redd tarteryn ; othar ij shall lyfte hym owt

of his bedd; othar ij shall doo on his hossyn, whiche shall be of

blake sylke or blake clothe, wher of y^ sowlls shall be of blake

lethar sowyd to them ; ij shall boten his sieves ; one othar shall girde

hym with a gyrdle of white ledar with owt hernys of eny mettall

and y*^ brede of an ynche ; an othar shall kembe his hcdd; an othar

shall gyve hym his mantylle, of y*^ sewite of y*^ kyrtyll of rede

" Spelled Sighjtoii here in the Cottonian original, and afterwards Sir/Iaton.

110 stowe's memoranda.

tarteryn fastenyd with a lace of white silke, with a payre of whit
gloves hangynge at y® ende of y'' lace, but he shall have of the
chaundeler of y^ howsholde y" corse girdill and y" gloves, and on
y* otharsyde y" chaundelar shall take for his fee all y^ garments
and all y" arraye with all y*' necessaries in y*^ which y^ esquyre was
arrayd and clothid that day he enteryd into y*^ courte for to take y^
ordre, togedre with y° bedd in y° whiche he laye first aftar y° bathe,
as well y** clothe of golde called secleton as y'' othar necessaries
towchynge y*^ sayd bedd; and, this fully done, this wyse knyghts
shall lede this esquiere on horse bake unto y° kyngs hall, at all
tymes y'' mynstrells beynge before, makynge theyre mynstrellsye.
Ther horse shall be arrayed in this wyse; he shall have a sadell
coveryd with blake leder, y° arsons of whit tree fowre sqware, and
blake stiroppes with gylde irons, and his sadell shall have no cropar
but a paytryll of gilt patee before, hangynge uppon y^brestofy®
horse, his bridle shall be blake lethar playne, with longe reynes in
ye guyse of Spayne, and a crosse patent in y^ forhede. And ther
shall be ordaynyd a yonge gentyll esquier for to ride before this
esquiere that is to be made knyght. And he shall be open hede,
and shall here y« swere of y'' esquire y'' poynt downwarde, with
sporrs hangynge uppoon y° swerd, and y° swerd shall have a white
scabard and fretl with y'^ gerdle and scales, with whit ledar, with
owt eny hernesse, and y^ yonge gentill esquiere shall holde y^
swerde by the poynt. In this wyse they shall ride to y*^ kyngs
hall, all tymes y*^ sayd governers beynge redye to y° maystar as it
is fittinge to be. And the forsayd noble and wyse knyghtes shall
soberlye lede this esquire as they awen. And when y° esquier
commythe before y"^ hall dore, y° marshalls and usshers shall
be rcdyc afore hym in y° moste honest wise that they can, saynge
thus, "Comedowne." And than he shall come downe. Themarshall
for his fee shall take y^ hors, or CC^ This thyng so done, these wise
knyghts shall lede y° esquier in to y"^ hall or in to y'' great cliambre
unto his table, and forthe with he shall be pui at the begynynge
of y'^ second table tyll that y*^ kynge come, the sayd knyghtes

stowe's memoranda. Ill

abowght his person as one on every syde, and y" yonge squiere
swcrd bcrar before hyin, standynge with y'^ swerdc betwixt y*^ ij
govournowrs aforcsayd. When y^ kynge coinythe in to y*^ hall and
perseyvythe y'' esquer redy to take y*^ ordre in dwe wyse he askythc
for y*^ swerdc and y*^ spurs. Y*^ kynges chamberlcyne shall take y*^
swcrde and y^ spurrs owt of y*' handcsof y*" yonge squiere, and shall
take and shewe hym unto y*^ kyngc. The kynge shall receyve y*^
ryght spure and betake it unto one of y" most worthy that standyth
abowte, commaundynge hym that he put it on y'^ ryght hele of y^
csquier, and by y*^ kyngs commaundemcnt that lordc knclynge on
y^ one kne shall take y*^ csquier by y*' ryght legg and putte y'' foote
uppon his kne, and shall putte y^ spurr apon his hclle, and he
shall make a crosse uppon y*^ kne of y^ esquer and shall kysse it.
Then shall an othar lordc putt uppon that othar hole an othar spun
on y'' same wysse that y'' othar dyd; then y^ kynge of y^ mekenesse
of his hieghe rayght takynge y° swerdc in his hands shall ther with
girde y^ squier. Than shall y° esquier lyft upp his armys on hieghe,
and y*^ kynge shall putte his armys aboute y° neke of y^ esquier, and
lyftynge upp his right hand he shall smyte y° esquier in y'^ nekke
sayngc thus, " Be ye a good knyght," kyssynge hym. Aftcrwarde
these noble and wyse knyghtes afore seyde this newe knyght shall
Icde in to y*^ chapell as it is to fore wnto y'' hyghe awtar, and ther
he shall unknytc hym and his swerdc with prayers and devocions
shall offer to God and to Holy Churche moste devowtly, beschynge
God that thilke ordre moste worthy dcwlic he may kepe unto his
endc. Tlies thyngs so done he shall take a sope in wyne. And in y*^
goyngc owtc of y*^ chapell y° master coke shall be redy to do of his
spwrrs, and shall take them to hym for his fee; and y" reson is this,
that in casse that y*^ knyght do afftar eny thyngc that be defame or
reproffe unto y*^ ordre of knyghthode, the master coke then with a
gret knyfe, with whiche he dressethc his messes, shall smyt of his
spurrs frome his hcles; and thcrfore in rcmembrauuce of this thynge
y<= spurrs of a new knyght in ordre takynge sliall be fee unto y<=
mastar coke perteynynge dwely unto his office. Than shall this


wyse knyghtes afore sayde lede this newe knyght in to y^ hall agayne,
the whiche beginynge y"^ table of knyghtes shall syt to mete ; and
y'' sayd noble and wyse knyghts shall sett abowte hym at y° table,
and y<= noble knyghts shall be servyd lyke as other bene ; and as for
that tyme he shall not ete nor drynke at y*^ table but yf grete nede
be, nor he shall not meve hym, nor loke hidre or thedar more than
a wyfe newe weddyd; and evarmore one of his ij govornowrs shall
stand by hym with a kerchyffe, of y<= whiche, yf eny nede come, he
may serve hym. And whan y® kynge arrysythe from y" table and

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Online LibraryJames GairdnerThree fifteenth-century chronicles, with historical memoranda by John Stowe, the antiquary, and contemporary notes of occurrences written by him in the reign of Queen Elizabeth → online text (page 11 of 20)