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conceiued : he would neuer haue suffred him to escape his handes. Very trouth it is, the duke was an high minded man, and euyll could beare the glory of an other, so that
I haue heard of som that said thei saw it, that the duke at 5
such time as the crown was first set vpon the protectors hed, his eye could not abide the sight thereof, but wried hys hed an other way. But men say that he was of trouth not wel at ease, and that both to king Richard wel knowen,
and not yl taken, nor ani demaund of the dukes vncourteisly 10 rejected, but he both with gret giftes and high behestes,
in most louing and trusty maner departed at Gloucester. | But sone after his coming home to Breknock, hauing ther in his custody, by the commaundement of king Richard,
doctor Morton bishop of Ely, who as ye before herd was 15 taken in the counsel at the Tower, waxed with him familier.
Whose wisedom abused his pride to his own deliueraunce and the dukes destruccion. The bishop was a man of gret natural wit, very wel lerned, and honorable in behaueor,
lacking no wise waies to win fauor. He had bene fast 20 vpon the part of king Henry while that part was in wealth,
and natheles left it not nor forsoke it in wo, but fled the realme with the quene and the prince, while king Edward had the king in prison, neuer came home but to the field.
After which lost, and the parte vtterly subdued, the tother 25 for his faste faith and wisedom, not only was contente to
receiue him, but also woed him to come and had him from thence forth bothe in secret trust and very speciall fauor. Whiche he nothing deceiued. For he being as ye haue
heard after king Edwardes death, first taken by the tirant 30 for his trouth to the king, found the meane to set this duke
in his top, joined gentlemen together in aid of king Henry, deuising first the maryage betwene him and king Edwardes doughter, by whiche his faith declared and good seruice
to bothe his masters at once, with infinite benefite to the realm, by the conjunccion of those twoo bloodes in one, whose seueral titles had long enquieted the land, he fled the realm, went to Rome, neuer minding more to medle with the world til the noble prince king Henry the .vii. 5 gate him home again, made him archbishop of Canturburye and chaunceller of England, wherunto the Pope joined thonor of Cardinal. Thus liuing many dayes in as much honor as one man mighte well wish, ended them so godly, that his death with Gods mercy wel changed his life. Thys 10 man therfore as I was about to tell you, by the long and often alternate proofe, as wel of prosperitie as aduers fortune, hadde gotten by great experience, the verye mother and maistres of wisdom, a depe insighte in politike worldli driftes. Wherby perceiuing now this duke glad to comen 15 with him, fed him with faire wordes and many pleasaunt praises. And parceiuing by the processe of their communicacions the dukes pride now and then balke oute a lytle breide of enuy toward the glory of the king, and therby feling him ethe tọ fal out yf the matter were well handled : he craftelye sought the waies to pricke him forwarde taking alwaies thoccasion of his comming and so keping himself close within his bondes, that he rather semed him to folow hym then to lead him. For when the duke first began to praise and bost the king, and shewe how much profit the
25 realm shold take by his reign; my lord Morton aunswered; Surely, my lord, foly wer it for me to lye, for yf I wold swere the contrary, your lordship would not I weene beleue, but that if the worlde woold haue gone as I would haue wished, king Henryes sonne had had the crown and not king 30 Edward. But after that God had ordered hym to lese it, and kinge Edwarde to reigne, I was neuer soo mad, that I would with a dead man striue against the quicke. So
was I to king Edward faithfull chapleyn, and glad wold haue bene that his childe had succeded him. Howebeit if the secrete judgement of God haue otherwyse prouided; I
purpose not to spurne againste a prick, nor labor to set vp 5 that God pulleth down. And as for the late protector and
now kyng. And euen there he left, saying that he had alredy medled to muche with the world, and would fro that day medle with his boke and his beedes and no farther.
Then longed the duke sore to here what he would 10 haue sayd, because he ended with the king and there so
sodeinly stopped, and exhorted him so familiarly betwene them twain, to be bold to say what soeuer he thought, wherof he faithfully promised there should neuer come
hurte, and paraduenture more good then he would wene, 15 and that himselfe intended to vse his faithful secret aduise
and counsayle, whiche he saide was the onely cause for whiche he procured of the kyng to haue him in his custody, where he myght recken himself at home, and els had he
bene put in the handes of them, with whome he should not 20 haue founden the lyke fauor. The bishop right humbly
thanked him and said ; In good faith, my lord, I loue not much to talk muche of princes, as thing not all out of peril, thoughe the word be without fault, forasmuch as it shal
not be taken as the party ment it, but as it pleaseth the 25 prince to conster it. And euer I think on Esops tale, that
when the lion had proclamed that on pain of deth there should none horned beast abide in that wood, one that had in his forehed a bonch of flesh, fled awaye a great pace. The fox that saw him run so faste, asked him whither he made al that hast. And he answered, in faith I neither wote nor reck, so I wer once hence because of this proclamacion made of horned beastes. What, fole, quod the fox, thou maist abide wel inough, the lyon ment not by thee,
for it is none horne that is in thine head. No mary, quod he, that wote I wel ynough. But what and he cal it an horn, wher am I then? The duke laughed merely at the tale, and said ; My lord I warant you, neither the lyon nor the bore shal pyke anye matter at any thyng here spoken, 5 for it shall neuer come nere their eare. In good fayth, sir, said the bishop, if it did, the thing that I was about to say, taken as wel as afore God I ment it, could deserue but thank. And yet taken as I wene it wold, might happen to turne me to litle good and you to lesse. Then longed the 10 duke yet moch more to wit what it was. Wherupon the byshop said ; In good faith, my lord, as for the late protector, sith he is now king in possession, I purpose not to dispute his title. But for the weale of this realm, wherof his grace hath now the gouernance, and wherof I am my 15 self one poore member, I was about to wish, that to those good habilities wherof he hath already right many, litle nedyng my prayse, it might yet haue pleased Godde for the better store, to haue geuen him some of suche other excellente vertues mete for the rule of a realm, as our Lorde 23 hath planted in the parsone of youre grace.
Thus ends Sir Thomas More's work.
That the history of the reign of Richard III may be complete the remainder is given as in the continuation of Hardyng's Chronicle.
25 By whiche wordes the duke perceiuyng that the byshop bare unto him his good heart and favoure, mistrusted not to entre more plaine communicacion with him so farre, that at the last the bishoppe declared him selfe to be one of them that would gladly helpe that Rychard, who then 39 vsurped the croune, might be deposed, if he had knowen
howe it might conueniently be brought to passe that suche a person as had true title of inheritaunce vnto the same, might be restored therunto. Vpon this the sayd duke,
knowyng the byshoppe to be a man of prudence and 5 fidelitee, opened to him all his whole heart and entent,
saiyng, my lord, I haue deuised the way how the blod both of king Edward and of king Henry the sixt, that is left, beyng coupled by mariage and affinitee may be restored
vnto the croune, beyng by just and true title due vnto them 10 bothe, (for kyng Rycharde he called not the brother of kyng
Edward the fourth, but his enemy and mortal fooe). The way that the duke had deuised was this, that they should with al spede and celerite find meanes to sende for Henry
earle of Richemonde (whom the rumour went immediatly 15 vpon knowledge of king Edwardes death to haue bene
deliuered out of prison with Fraunces duke of Britayn) and the same Henry to helpe with all their power and strength, so that the sayd Henry would fyrst, by his faithfull othe,
promise that immediatly vpon the obteygnyng the croune, 20 he would mary and take to wyfe Elyzabeth, the elder
doughter of Edwarde the fourth. The bishop of Ely right wel alowed bothe the deuice and purpose of the duke, and also the maner and way howe the matter should be brought
to effecte, and found meanes that Reynold Breye, seruaunt 25 with Margarete mother of the sayd Henry then maried to
Thomas Stanley, came to the duke into Wales, and the dukes minde throughly perceyued and knowen, with great spede returned to the sayd Margarete, aduertisyng the same
of all thinges whiche was betwene the duke and him con30 cernyng as wel the common weale of the realme, as also the aduauncement of her and her blood had bene debated.
Nowe it came so to passe that the duke of Buckyngham and the lady Margarete mother to the sayd Henry, had bene