The Midland Minstrel: Consisting Chiefly of Traditionary Tales and Local Legends

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Munday and Slatter, 1822 - Folklore - 143 pages
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Page 133 - Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a very goodly personage, and singularly well featured, being a great favourite to Queen Elizabeth, it was thought, and commonly reported, that had he been a...
Page 133 - ... head,) yet the inhabitants will tell you there, that she was conveyed from her usual chamber where she lay, to another where the bed's head of the chamber stood close to a privy postern door, where they in the night came and stifled her in her bed, bruised her head very much, broke her neck, and at length flung her down stairs, thereby believing the world would have thought it a mischance, and so have blinded their villany.
Page 140 - And besides these, there were also four half streets, which had houses only on one side, and the wall on the other ; these went round the four sides of the city next the walls, and were each of them 200 feet broad ; the rest were about 1 50.
Page 130 - Westminster. 4. Sir Robert Dudley, third Son to the Earl of Warwick, married Sir John Robsart's Daughter; after which Marriage, there were certain Gentlemen that did strive who should first take away a Gooses Head which was hanged alive on two cross Posts.
Page 140 - Between every two of these gates were three towers, and four more at the four corners of this great square, and three between each of these corners and the next gate on either side ; every one of these towers was ten feet higher than the walls.
Page 133 - Forster's house, who then lived in the aforesaid manor-house ; and also prescribed to Sir Richard Varney (a prompter to this design), at his coming hither, that he should first attempt to poison her, and if that did not take effect, then by any other way whattoever to dispatch her.
Page 133 - Varney abovesaid, (the chief projector in this design,) who, by the Earl's order, remained that day of her death alone with her, with one man only and Forster, who had that day forcibly sent away all her servants from her to...
Page 133 - Varney aforesaid (the chief projector in this design), who by the earl's order remained that day of death alone with her, with one man only, and Forster, who had that day forcibly sent away all her servants from her to Abingdon market, about three miles distant from this place, they, I say, whether first stifling her or else strangling her, afterwards flung her down a pair of stairs and broke her neck, using much violence upon her; but...
Page 141 - They contained a square of 400 feet on every side, and were carried up in the manner of several large terraces, one above another, till the height equalled that of the walls of the city. The ascent was from terrace to terrace by stairs ten feet wide. The whole pile was sustained by vast arches raised upon other arches, one above another, and strengthened by a wall, surrounding it on every side, of twenty-two feet in thickness.
Page 134 - The church is a strong-built edifice, and apparently ancient, as the west door is finished in the Saxon style. The chancel is divided from the body of the church by a screen, presented to the parish about sixty years since, by the then Earl of Abingdon, whose family are owners of the manor.

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