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Nowe then if she doubte leste hee mighte bee fetched from her, is it not likelye ynoughe that she shall sende him somme where out of the realme? Verely I looke for none

other. And I doubte not but shee nowe as sore myndeth 5 it, as wee the lette thereof. And yf she myghte happen

to brynge that to passe, (as it were no greate maistrye, wee lettinge her alone) all the worlde woulde saye that wee wer a wyse sort of counsaylers aboute a kynge, that lette

his brother bee caste awaye vnder oure noses. And there10 fore I ensure you faythfully for my mynde, I wyll rather,

maugrye her mynde, fetche hym awaye, then leaue hym ther, till her frowardnes or fond feare conuay hym awaye. And yet will I breake no Saintuarye therefore. For verelye

sithe the priuileges of that place and other lyke, haue bene 15 of long continued, I am not he that woulde bee aboute to

breake them. And in good faith if they were nowe to begynne, I woulde not bee he that shoulde bee aboute to

make them. Yet wyll I not saye naye, but that

it is a deede of pitie, that suche menne, as the 20 sea or theyr euill dettours haue broughte in pouertye, shoulde

haue somme place of libertye, to keepe their bodies oute of the daunger of their cruell creditours. And also yf the crowne happen (as it hathe done) to comme in questyon, whyle eyther

parte taketh other as traytours, I wyll well there bee somme 25 places of refuge for bothe. But as for theeues, of whiche

these places bee full, and which neuer fall fro the crafte, after thei once falle thereto, it is pitie the saintuarye shoulde serue them.

And muche more mannequellers, whome Godde badde to take from the aulter and kyll them yf 30 theyr murther were wylfull. And where it is otherwyse

there neede wee not the sayntuaryes that God appointed in the olde lawe. For yf eyther necessitie, hys owne defence, or misfortune drawe hym to that dede, a pardon

Of saintuaries.

seruéth, which eyther the law graunteth of course, or the Kynge of pitie maye.

Then looke me nowe how few saintuarye menne there bee, whome any fauourable necessitie compelled to gooe thyther. And then see on the tother syde what a sorte 5 there be commonlye therein, of them whoine wylfull vnthriftynesse hathe broughte to nought.

What a rabble of theues, murtherers, and malicious heyghnous traitours, and that in twoo places specyallye. The tone at the elbowe of the citie, the tother in the verye 10 bowelles. I dare well auowe it, waye the good that they dooe with the hurte that conmeth of them, and ye shall fynde it muche better to lacke bothe, then haue bothe. And this I saye, although they were not abused as they nowe bee, and so longe haue bee, that I feare mee euer 15 they wyll bee whyle menne bee afearde to sette theyr handes to the mendement; as thoughe Godde and Saincte Peter were the patrons of vngracious lyuinge.

Nowe vnthriftes ryote and runne in dette, vppon the boldenesse of these places; yea and ryche menne The abuse of runne thither with poore mennes goodes, there they builde, there thei spende and bidde their creditours gooe whistle them. Mens wyues runne thither with theyr housebandes plate, and saye thei dare not abyde with theyr housbandes for beatinge. Theues bryng thyther theyr stollen 25 goodes, and there lyue thereon. There deuise thei newe roberies, nightlye they steale out, they robbe and reue and kyll, and come in again as though those places gaue them not onely a safe garde for the harme they haue done, but a licence also to dooe more. Howe bee it muche of this 30 mischiefe, if wyse menne woulde sette their handes to it, myghte bee amended, with greate thank of God and no breache of the priueledge. The residew sith so long agoe




I wote neere what Pope and what Prince, more pyteous then politique, hathe graunted it, and other menne since of a certayne relygious feare haue not broken it, lette vs

take a payne therewith, and lette it a Goddes name stande 5 in force, as farrefoorth as reason wyll. Whiche is not fullye

so farrefoorth as may serue to lette vs of the fetchynge foorthe of this noble manne to hys honoure and wealthe, oute of that place in whiche he neither is, nor canne bee a Saynctuary manne.

A Sainctuarye serueth alway to defende the bodie of that manne that standeth in daunger abrode, not of greate hurte onelye, but also of lawful hurte. For agaynste vnlawfull harmes neuer Pope nor Kynge entended to priueledge

anye one place. For that priueledge hath euery place. 15 Knoweth anye manne anye place wherein it is lawefull one

inanne to dooe another wrong? That no manne vnlawfully take hurt, that libertie, the Kynge, the lawe, and verye nature forbiddeth in euery place, and maketh to that regarde

for euerye manne euerye place a Saintuarye. But where 20 a man is by lawful meanes in perill, there needeth he the

tuicion of some special priuilege, which is the only ground and cause of al saintuaryes. From whiche necessitie this noble prince is far. Whose loue to his king nature and

kinred proueth, whose innocence to al the world his tender 25 youth proueth. And so saintuary as for him, neither none

he nedeth, nor also none can haue. Men come not to saintuary as they come to baptisme, to require it by their godfathers. He must ask it himself that muste haue it.

And reason, sithe no man hath cause to haue it, but whose 30 conscience of his own faut maketh hym faine neede to

require it, what wil then hath yonder babe? which and if he had discrecion to require it, yf nede were, I dare saye would nowe bee right angry with them that kepe him ther

And I woulde thynke withoute anye scruple of conscience, without any breache of priueledge, to bee sommewhat more homely with them that be there saintuary men in dede. For if one go to saintuary with another mannes goodes, why should not the kyng leauinge his bodye at libertie, 5 satisfy the part[y] of his goodes euen within the saintuary? For neither king nor pope can geue any place such a priueledge, that it shall discharge a man of his dettes being able to paye.

And with that diuers of the clergy that wer present, 10 whither thei said it for his pleasure, or as thei thought, agreed plainly, that by the law of God and of the church the goodes of a saintuarye man shoulde be deliuered in paiment of his dets, and stollen goodes to the owner, and onelye libertie reserued him to geat his lyuing with 15 the labour of his handes. Verely (quod the duke) I thinke you say very trueth. And what if a mannes wyfe will take saintuary, because she lyste to runne from her husbande; I woulde wene if she can allege none other cause, he may lawfullye, without any displeasure to sainct Peter, take her 20 out of S. Peters churche by the arme. And yf no body maye bee taken out of saintuarye that sayth he wyll bide there; then yf a childe will take saintuarie, because hee feareth to goe to schole, hys mayster must lette hym alone. And as simple as that saumple is, yet is there lesse reason 25 in our case, then in that. For therein though it be a childishe feare, yet is ther at the leastwise some feare. And herein is there none at all. And verelye I haue often heard of saintuarye menne. But I neuer heard erste of saintuarye chyldren. And therefore as for the conclusion 30 of my minde, whoso maie haue deserued to neede it, yf thei thinke it for theyr suretye, lette them kepe it. But he canne bee no saintuarye manne, that neither hath

wisedom to desire it, nor malice to deserue it, whose lyfe or libertye can by no lawfull processe stande in jeopardie. And he that taketh one oute of saintuary to dooe hym

good, I saye plainely that he breaketh no saintuary. 5 When the Duke hadde done, the temporall menne whole,

and good part of the spirituall also, thinking none hurt erthly ment towarde the younge babe, condescended in effecte, that if he were not deliuered, he should be fetched. How

beit they thoughte it all beste, in the auoydyng of all maner 10 of rumour, that the Lorde Cardinall shoulde fyrst assaye to

geat him with her good will. And thervppon all the counsaile came vnto the sterrechaumber at Westminster. And the Lorde Cardinall, leauinge the protectour with the counsell in

the sterrechaumber, departed into the saintuary to the Quene, 15 with diuers other lordes with him, were it for the respecte

of hys honoure, or that she shoulde by presence of so many perceyue

that this erande was not one mannes minde, or were it for that the protectour entended not in this matter

to trust any one manne alone, or els that if she finally wer 20 determined to kepe him, somme of that company had

happely secret instruccion incontinent, magry her minde, to take him and to leaue her no respite to conuaye hym, whiche she was likely to mind after this matter broken to

her, yf her time would in any wyse serue her. 25 When the Quene and these Lordes were comme together

in presence, the Lorde Cardinall shewed vnto her that it was thought vnto the protectour and vnto the whole counsayle, that her kepyng of the kinges brother in that place

was the thing whiche highlye souned, not onelye to the 3° greate rumoure of the people and theyr obloquye, but also

to the importable griefe and displeasure of the kinges royall majestie. To whose grace it were as singuler coumforte to haue his naturall brother in company, as it was their

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