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bothe dishonour, and all theirs and hers also, to suffer hym in saintuarye. As though the tone brother stode in danger and perill of the tother. And he shewed her that the counsel therfore had sent him vnto her, to require her the deliuerye of him, that hee might bee brought vnto the 5 kinges presence at his libertie, oute of that place whiche they reckoned as a prisone. And ther should he be demeaned accordyng to his estate. And she in this doing should bothe dooe great good to the realme, pleasure to the counsell and profyt to her selfe, succour to her frendes 10 that were in distres, and ouer that (which he wiste well she speciallye tenderid) not onely great comfort and honour to the king, but also to the yong duke himself, whose both great welthe it were to bee together, as well for many greater causes, as also for their both disporte and recrea- 15 cion; which thing the lord[es] esterned no slight, thoughe it seme lyghte, well pondering that their youthe without recreacion and play cannot endure, nor any estraunger, for the conuenience of their both ages and estates, so metely in that pointe for any of them as either of them for 20 other.
My lord (quod the quene) I saye not nay, but that it were very conuenient that this gentilman whom
The Quenes ye require were in the company of the kinge hys brother. And in good faith me thinketh it were as great 25 commoditie to them both, as for yet a while, to ben in the custody of their mother, the tender age consydred of the elder of them both, but speciall the yonger, which besides his infancie that also nedeth good loking to, hath a while ben so sore diseased, vexed with sicknes, and is so newly 30 rather a lyttle amended then well recouered, that I dare put no parson erthly in trust with his keping but my selfe onely, considering that there is, as phisicians saye, and as we also RICH.
finde, double the perill in the recidiuacion that was in the first sicknes, with which disease nature, being forelaborid foreweried and weaked, waxeth the lesse able to beare out
a new surfet. And albeit there might be founden other, 5 that would happely doe theyr best vnto him ; yet is there
none that either knoweth better how to order him, then I that so long haue kept him; or is more tenderly like to cherishe him, then hys own mother that bare him.
No man denieth, good madam, (quod the Cardinal) but 10 that your grace were of all folke most necessary aboute your
children; and so woulde al the counsell not onely be content, but also glad that ye were, if it might stand with your pleasure to be in such place as might stande with their
honour. But yf you appoint your selfe to tary here, then 15 thinke they yet more conuenient that the duke of Yorke
wer with the king honorably at his liberte to the comfort of them both, then here as a saintuary man to their both dishonour and obloquy; sith there is not alwaye so great
necessitie to haue the childe bee with the mother, but that 20 occasion may sometime be such, that it should be more
expedient to kepe him els where. Which in this well appereth that at suche time as your derest sonne, then prince and now king, should for his honour and good order
of the countrey kepe householde in Wales farre out of your 25 company, your grace was well contente therewyth your selfe.
Not very well content, quod the Quene. And yet the case is not like; for the tone was then in helthe, and
the tother is now sike. In which case I merueile greatly 30 that my
lord protectour is so disirous to haue him in his keping, where if the child in his sicknes miscaried by nature, yet might he runne into slaunder and suspicion or fraude. And where they call it a thinge so sore against my childes
honour and theirs also that he bydeth in this place; it is all their honours there to suffer him byde, where no manne doubteth hee shall be beste kepte. And that is here, while I am here, whiche as yet intende not to come forthe and jubarde my selfe after other of my frendes; 5 which woulde God wer rather here in suertie with me, then I were there in jubardy with them.
Whye Madame (quod another Lorde) know you any thing why thei should be in jubardye? Nay verely sur, quod shee, nor why they should be in prison neither, as they now be. IO But it is I trow no great maruaile though I fere, lest those that haue not letted to put them in duresse without colour wil let as lytle to procure their distruccion without cause.
The Cardinall made a countinance to the tother Lord, that he should harp no more vpon that string. And then 15 said he to the Quene, that he nothing doubted, but that those lördes of her honorable kinne, which as yet remained vnder arrest, should vpon the matter examined do wel ynough. And as toward her noble person, neither was nor coulde be any maner jubardy. Whereby should I truste that 20 (quod the Quene), In that I am giltles? As though they were gilty. In that I am with their enemies better beloued then thei? When they hate them for my sake. In that I am so nere of kinne to the king? And how farre be they of, if that would helpe, as God send grace it hurt not. 25 And therfore as for me, I purpose not as yet to departe hence. And as for this gentilman my sonne, I mynde that he shal be where I am till I see further. For I assure you, for that I se some men so gredye withowte any substaunciall cause to haue him, this maketh me much the 30 more farder to deliuer him. Truely madame, quod he, and the farder that you be to delyuer him, the farder bene other men to suffer you to kepe hym, lest your causeles
fere might cause you ferther to conuay him. be there that thinke that he can haue no priuelege in this place, which neither can haue wil to aske it, nor malyce to
deserue it. And therefore they recken no pryuilege broken, 5 though thei fetche him out. Which, if ye fynally refuse
to deliuer him, I verely thynke they will. So much drede hath my Lorde his vncle, for the tender loue he bereth him, lest your grace shold hap to send him awaye. A syr, quod the Quene, hath the protectour so tender
zele to him, that he fereth nothing but lest he The Quene.
should escape hym? Thinketh he that I would sende hym hence, which neyther is in the plight to sende out, and in what place coulde I recken him sure, if he
be not sure in this, the sentuarye whereof was there neuer 15 tiraunt yet so deuelish, that durste presunie to breake?
And I trust God [is] as strong now to withstande his aduersaries, as euer he was. But my sonne can deserue no sentuary, and therefore he cannot haue it. For soth he
hath founden a goodly glose, by whiche that place that 20 may defend a thefe, may not saue an innocent. But he
is in no jupardy nor hath no nede therof. Wold God he had not. Troweth the protector (I pray God he may proue a protectour) troweth he that I parceiue not where
unto his painted processe draweth? It is not honorable 25 that the duke bide here : it were comfortable for them
both that he wer with his brother, because the king lacketh a playfelowye, be ye sure. I pray God send them both better playfelowes than hym, that maketh so high a
matter vpon such a trifling pretext: as though they coulde 30 none be founden to playe with the kyng, but if his brother,
that hath no lust to play for sicknes, come oute of sanctuary, out of hys sauegarde, to play with him. As though princes, as yonge as thei be, could not play but with their peres,
or children could not play but with their kyndred, wit[h] whom for the more part they agree much worse then wyth straungers. But the childe cannot require the priuelege. Who tolde hym so? He shal here him aske it and he will.
5 Howbeit this is a gay matter: Suppose he could not aske it, suppose he woulde not aske it, suppose hee woulde aske to goe owte, if I saye hee shall not, if I aske the priuilege but for my selfe, I say he that agaynst my wyll taketh out him, breaketh the sanctuary. Serueth this liberty for 10 my person onlye, or for my goodes to? ye maye not hence take my horsse fro me; and maye you take my childe fro me? he is also my warde, for, as my lerned counsell sheweth mee, syth he hath nothing by discent holden by knightes seruice, the law maketh his mother his gardaine. may no inan, I suppose, take my warde fro me oute of sanctuarye, wythout the breche of the sanctuary. And if my pryuelege could not serue hym, nor he aske it for hymselfe, yet sythe the lawe committeth to me the custody of him, I may require it for hym, excepte the lawe giue a 20 childe a gardayne onely for his goodes and hys landes, discharging hym of the cure and saufe kepyng of hys body, for whych only both landes and goodes serue. * And if examples be sufficient to obtayne priue- here betwene ledge for my chylde, I nede not farre to seeke. and this marke 25 For in thys place in which we now be (and whych ten by M. More is now in questyon whyther my chylde may take written by him benefyte of it) myne other sonne now kyng was but is transborn, and kept in hys cradle, and preserued to lated out of a more prosperous fortune, which I pray God which he wrote 30 long to continu. And as all you know, this is not the first tyme that I haue taken sanctuarye, for when my lord my husbande was banished and thrust out of his
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