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The Funeral ot Amy Robsart.
A.D. ,556.'

Most impressive in its mournfulness is the
next scene. It strikes a very different note in
the mind of the spectators. To the solemn
chanting of the choir a long and stately process-
ion, garbed in solemn black, comes to do honour
to the mortal remains of a lady who but for the
mystery of her early death might hardly have
been known to historj' at all. It is the funeral
procession of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert
Lord Dudley, afterwards Earl of Leicester, on
its way to St. ^Ir.ry's Church. As everybody




knows, Dudley's neglected wife was found
dead at the foot of a stone staircase at Cum-
nor Place, on a day when all the servants
of the household were away at Abingdon
Fair. The mystery of her death has not
yet been solved, but the fact that she lived
in seclusion, while her husband disported
himself at Court and had recently become
the principal favourite of the Queen, led to
many sinister conjectures. Dudley gave
orders for his wife's obsequies to be carried
out with the dignity due to the lady's rank,
but he did not himself attend the funeral.




The State Progress ot Qiiee
A.D. !;6o.



n EHzabeth.



Hardly have the mournful sounds of Amy Robsart's
funeral passed from hearing, when a fanfare from trumpets not
yet in sight prepares the spectators for the approach of Queen
Elizabeth on a state progress. Meeting his Royal Mistress and
offering courtly welcome, is the Earl of Leicester, the Chan-
cellor of the University. Before him walk the Esquire Bedels
carrying their gold staves, and beside him walk the Doctors of
the University in their scarlet robes. Eight bearers carry the
Royal Lady, shoulder high, in a litter covered with Cloth of
Gold, and round the litter surges a brilliant laughing crowii
of courtiers. The Chancellor salutes the Queen on bendeii




knee and kisses the hand held out to him. The
civic authorities come forward, the mace is
delivered up to Her Majest)' and she is presented






with a handsome lo\-ing cup in finely
\vr Uiiht silver, double gilt and filled with
)ins. The brief ceremony
i....^.,. u.e Royal procession p>asses on
to the Cathedral through an avenue of
kneeling scholars, who shout " \'ivat
Regina" with the full force of their
lungs, the gratified Elizabeth responding
graciously in her turn with "Gratiasago,
Gratias ago." As the procession passes
out of sight the sounds are heard of the
chanting of the Te Deum.



4^ Visit of James I.

Piii-.;t „. Wa..,.a, So:. Oi J-^its 1. A.D. 1605.

In anticipation of a \Tsit from the new king of the Stuart line
with his Danish Queen, Oxford is in a state of keen excitement.
Lord Bacon and Sir Thomas Bodley are talking together in the
street, where, outside St. John's College, a temporary stage has been
erected, in order to amuse the Royal party with the performance of
the Witches Scene from Macbeth, the stage-management being in the hands of one
Master William Shakespeare. The Royal party makes its apf)earance on horseback,
escorted by a detachment of cavalry and suppwrted by a brilliant court. A halt is
made to watch the progress of Master Shakespeare's play.




Charles I. at Oxford.

The Happy Days A.D. 1636

On a summer day ladies and courtiers are sitting and laughing by the river
bank. Strains of music are heard in the distance, then there comes slowly into sight
a state barge, with a keel of gold, having minstrels on its deck, bearing up the river
King Charles I., Henrietta Maria, his Queen, and their children the Princes Charles
and James, and Princess Mary. The barge is brought up to the shore, and they are
received by Archbishop Laud, then President of St. John's College, and the other Heads
of Houses and officials of the University. A pavane is danced before the royal visitors
to the music of the band of niusicians half hidden beneath
the shade of the trees, while the barge is rowed away
until it is lost to view in the windings of the river.



The Early Days of the Civil War.
A.D. 1643.

The King and his Court are already in residence at Oxford, and the King
rides out to meet his Queen on her arrival from the North in her coach of state.
She is met by her consort on horseback, and the joyful news of the Royalist victory
on Roundway Down having just arrived, the scene, in spite of the peril of the times,
is a cheerful one. The King dismounts and enters the coach ; the respective escorts,
the heralds and trumpeters, the pikemen and musketeers, mingling into a united
procession, and the cavalcade, with flags flying, and the beating of drums, make
a triumphal progress into the City.






The Surrender of Oxford.
A.D. 1646.

To the chant of a I'sahii, sung by the victorious Puritan soldiers, the
Royal troops in battle array and in perfect order, are seen under the leadership
of Sir Thomas Glenhani making their departure from Oxford. They have
surrendered rather than allow the beautiful city to suffer further siege, but they
go out with all the honours of war. and to the irrepressible grief of Oxford's
loyal sons, whose scarcely concealed antipathy to the followers of Cromwell was
never overcome. To the end the sympathies of Oxford were with the cavaliers.



Tlie Expulsion of the
Fellows of Magdalen by James II.

HEXKun-TA AN,> Pk.nc: A.D. 1667.

The King, who arrives with only a small escort of cavalry, is received with diplomatic
courtesy by the City and Cniversity. White robed maidens scatter flowers before him and
his soldiers, and the Waits of the City make their best efforts to do him honour. The
Constables of the various parishes are present with their staves of office, and representatives
of the various city Guilds, the Glovers, the Cordwainers, the Tailors and the Mercers, some
on foot, some on horseback, each group preceded by ensigns bearing the arms of its Company.
The crowd presses round, and the King is seen touching poor sufferers for the cure of the
disease known as the King's e\il. The I*"ellows of Magdalen are summoned and bidden to
send away the President they have chosen for themselves, the Protestant Dr. Hough, and
accept in his place the Royal nominee, Mr. Farmer, a Roman Catholic. With due respect,
but firmly, the Fellows stand by their constitutional rights, ami the King's command of
expulsion is carried into effect.





Scene in the Eighteenth Century,
Circa A.D. 1785.



The Pac'eant ends with a reaHstic sketch of St. Giles
eighteenth century. It is a busy moving picture, and
of the County gentry and the
sedan chairs of the townspeople
are there, together with stalls
and shows. The river flows
beside the broad open space
on which the fair is held, and
in the midst of the gaiety
King George III. comes by
water in the Royal Barge.
The strains of Handel's Water



Fair in the
the coaches



Music are heard as the barge approaches, and all eyes are turned towards
the river. The King alights with his Queen and family, and with simple
unostentation they pass through the crowds of their loyal subjects. When
the Fair is again at its height, away in the distance is heard the chant
of the early Frideswide Scene, and one after another assemble the figures
of a thousand years.





The Landing ot Algar




1 he Departui e of Frideswide




The Departure ol ItideswicJc




The Coronation of Harold Harefool




The Coronation of Harold Harefoot




Theobaldus Stampensis (The Beginnings of the University)




Arrival ot Queen Eleanor




The Mayor of Oxford receiving the Charter from Henry II.




t-n.u li.iron ,irid Iru Brazen 1 Icud




St. Scholasfica s Dav 1 own and Go




St. Scliolastica's Day — Ecclesiastical Procession




Masque of the Mediaeval Cuiriculum




Masque of the Mediaeval Curncuium




Masque of the Mediaeval Curriculum




M.iMUK- ..I ll,r \i.->l,„N,„ C unui




Henrv V'ill. and Cardinal Wolsey




Henry VIII. at Oxford— The Allegory




Henry Vlll. at Oxford— The Allegory













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State Progress of Queen Elizabeth




.Stale l''iogress ol Queen Elizabeth




Queen Elizabeth and Ladies of the Court




Arrival ol James I.




The Witches Scene from " Macbeth, " played before James I.




The Happy Days of Charles 1.




The Happy Days of Charles 1.




Arrival of Queen Henrietta Maria




I lie Surrender of Oxford, A.D. 1646




Arrival of James 11.




Expulsion of the Fellows of Mdgdalen by James II.




St. Giles's Fair in the Eighteenth Century




Finale



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@0 etaxB wM e^orm ^^e eR^ on (^ufumn nig^^e.

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