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Amid the gloom hovering over the early history of Windsor Castle appear the mighty phantoms of the renowned King Arthur and his knights, for whom it is said Merlin reared a magic fortress upon its heights, in a great hall whereof, decorated with trophies of war and of the chase, was placed the famous Round Table. But if the antique tale is now worn out, and no longer part of our faith, it is pleasant at least to record it.

TitleWindsor Castle
AuthorWilliam Harrison Ainsworth
PublisherHenry Colburn
Year1844
Copyright1844, Henry Colburn
AmazonWindsor Castle

"About, about!
Search Windsor Castle, elves, within and out."

Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor

There is an old tale goes, that Herne the hunter,
Sometime a keeper here in Windsor forest,
Doth all the winter time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner:
You have heard of such a spirit; and well you know,
The superstitious idle-headed eld
Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
This tale of Herne the hunter for a truth. --ibid

-Book I. Anne Boleyn. I. Of the Earl of Surrey's solitary Ramble in the Home Park -- Of the Vision beheld by him in the Haunted Dell -- And of his Meeting with Morgan Fenwolf, the Keeper, beneath Herne's Oak
In the twentieth year of the reign of the right high and puissant King Henry the Eighth, namely, in 1529, on the 21st of April, and on one of the loveliest evenings that ever fell on the loveliest dis...
-Of the Earl of Surrey's Solitary Ramble. Part 2
It is well, rejoined Surrey. And you have also provided for the reception of the Pope's legate, Cardinal Campeggio? Bouchier bowed. And for Cardinal Wolsey? pursued the other. The captain bo...
-Of the Earl of Surrey's Solitary Ramble. Part 3
At this juncture the upper gate was opened, and Captain Bouchier and his attendants issued from it, and passed over the drawbridge. The curfew bell then tolled, the drawbridge was raised, the horseme...
-II. Of Bryan Bowntance, the Host of the Garter -- Of the Duke of Shoreditch -- Of the Bold Words uttered by Mark Fytton, the Butcher, and how he was cast into the Vault of the Curfew Tower
Turning off on the right, the earl and his companion continued to descend the hill until they came in sight of the Garter -- a snug little hostel, situated immediately beneath the Curfew Tower. Befor...
-Of the Duke of Shoreditch -- Of the Bold Words uttered by Mark Fytton, the Butcher, and how he was cast into the Vault of the Curfew Tower. Continued
A foolish wish, cried Bryan. Why, Mark, you are clean crazed! It is the king who is crazed, not me! cried Mark. He would sacrifice his rightful consort to his unlawful passion; and you, bas...
-III. Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle -- Of the Meeting of King Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn at the Lower Gate-Of their Entrance into the Castle -- And how the Butcher was Hanged from the Curfew Tower
A joyous day was it for Windsor and great were the preparations made by its loyal inhabitants for a suitable reception to their sovereign. At an early hour the town was thronged with strangers fro...
-Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle. Part 2
Turning off on the left into the lower road, skirting the north of the castle, and following the course of the river to Datchet, by which it was understood the royal cavalcade would make its approach,...
-Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle. Part 3
At this moment Anne's eyes were fixed with some tenderness upon one of the supporters of her canopy on the right -- a very handsome young man, attired in a doublet and hose of black tylsent, paned and...
-Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle. Part 4
Though scarcely eighteen, the Duke of Richmond looked more than twenty, and his lips and chin were clothed with a well-grown though closely-clipped beard. He was magnificently habited in a doublet of...
-Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle. Part 5
Let the Fair Geraldine lay hers upon me, and she shall not have to reproach me with disobedience, rejoined the earl. I must interpose to prevent their utterance, cried Richmond, with a somewhat je...
-Of the Grand Procession to Windsor Castle. Part 6
Henry entered Windsor amid the acclamations of the spectators, the fanfares of trumpeters, and the roar of ordnance from the castle walls. Meanwhile, Anne Boleyn, having descended from her litter, wh...
-IV. How King Henry the Eighth held a Chapter of the Garter -- How he attended Vespers and Matins in Saint George's Chapel -- And how he feasted with the Knights -- Companions in Saint George's Hall
From a balcony overlooking the upper ward, Anne Boleyn beheld the king's approach on his return from the Garter Tower, and waving her hand smilingly to him, she withdrew into the presence-chamber. Has...
-How he attended Vespers and Matins in Saint George's Chapel -- And how he feasted with the Knights -- Companions in Saint George's Hall. Part 2
Quitting the royal lodgings, and passing through the gateway of the Norman Tower, the procession wound its way along the base of the Round Tower, the battlements of which bristled with spearmen, as di...
-And how he feasted with the Knights -- Companions in Saint George's Hall. Part 3
Vespers over, the king and his train departed with the same ceremonies and in the same order as had been observed on their entrance to the choir. On returning to the royal lodgings, Henry proceeded t...
-Companions in Saint George's Hall. Part 4
As soon as the king was seated, the knights-companions put on their caps, and retired to the table prepared for them on the right side of the hall, where they seated themselves according to their degr...
-V. Of the Ghostly Chase beheld by the Earl of Surrey and the Duke of Richmond in Windsor Forest
On that same night, and just as the castle clock was on the stroke of twelve, the Earl of Surrey and the Duke of Richmond issued from the upper gate, and took their way towards Herne's Oak. The moon ...
-VI. How the Fair Geraldine bestowed a Relic upon her Lover -- How Surrey and Richmond rode in the Forest at Midnight -- And where they found the Body of Mark Fytton, the Butcher
Surrey and Richmond agreed to say nothing for the present of their mysterious adventure in the forest; but their haggard looks, as they presented themselves to the Lady Anne Boleyn in the reception- ...
-How the Fair Geraldine bestowed a Relic upon her Lover -- How Surrey and Richmond rode in the Forest at Midnight -- And where they found the Body of Mark Fytton, the Butcher. Continued
Soon afterwards the Lady Anne and her dames retired, and the court breaking up, the two young nobles strolled forth to the stately terrace at the north of the castle, where, while gazing at the glorio...
-VII. How the Earl of Surrey and the Fair Geraldine plighted their troth in the Cloisters of Saint George's Chapel
Barriers were erected on the following day in the upper ward of the castle, and the Lady Anne and her dames assembled in the balcony in front of the royal lodgings, which was decorated with arras, cos...
-VIII. Of Tristram Lyndwood, the old Forester, and his Grand-daughter Mabel -- Of the Peril in which the Lady Anne Boleyn was placed during the chase -- And by whom she was rescued
In consequence of the announcement that a grand hunting party would be held in the forest, all the verderers, rangers, and keepers assembled at an early hour on the fourth day after the king's arrival...
-Of Tristram Lyndwood, the old Forester, and his Grand-daughter Mabel -- Of the Peril in which the Lady Anne Boleyn was placed during the chase -- And by whom she was rescued. Continued
To this speech Mabel not only paid no attention, but looked studiously another way. I am glad your grandfather has brought you out to see the chase to- day, Mabel, observed Morgan Fenwolf. I dame...
-IX. By what means Sir Thomas Wyat obtained an Interview with Anne Boleyn -- And how the Earl of Surrey saved them from the King's anger
The incident above related gave new life to the adherents of Catherine of Arragon, while it filled those devoted to Anne Boleyn with alarm. Immediately on Anne's return to the castle Lord Rochford had...
-By what means Sir Thomas Wyat obtained an Interview with Anne Boleyn. Part 2
Oh, Wyat, do not view my conduct too harshly! she said. Few of my sex would have acted other than I have done. I do not think so, replied Wyat sternly; nor will I forego my vengeance. Anne, y...
-And how the Earl of Surrey saved them from the King's anger. Part 3
Wyat bowed. You have saved your head, gossip, whispered Will Sommers in the knight's ear. A visit to Francis the First is better than a visit to the Tower. Retire, my lords, said Henry to the...
-X. Of the Mysterious Disappearance of Herne the Hunter in the Lake
Unable to procure any mitigation of Surrey's sentence, the Duke of Richmond proceeded to the Round Tower, where he found his friend in a small chamber, endeavouring to beguile his captivity by study. ...
-Book II. Herne The Hunter. I. Of the Compact between Sir Thomas Wyat and Herne the Hunter
On the day after his secret interview with Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas Wyat received despatches from the king for the court of France. His majesty bade me tell you to make your preparations quickly, Sir...
-Of the Compact between Sir Thomas Wyat and Herne the Hunter. Part 2
So immersed was the youthful prisoner in study, that he was not aware, until a slight exclamation was uttered by Wyat, of the entrance of the latter. He then arose, and gave him welcome. Nothing mat...
-The Compact between Sir Thomas Wyat and Herne the Hunter. Part 3
Your worship's adjuration was strangely interrupted, cried the old man, crossing himself devoutly. Saint Dunstan and Saint Christopher shield us from evil spirits! A truce to your idle terrors, ...
-II. In what manner Wolsey put his Scheme into Operation
Foiled in his scheme of making Wyat the instrument of Anne Boleyn's overthrow, Wolsey determined to put into immediate operation the plan he had conceived of bringing forward a rival to her with the k...
-In what manner Wolsey put his Scheme into Operation. Continued
A verdant path, partly beneath the trees, and partly on the side of the lake, led Wolsey to the forester's hut. Constructed of wood and clay, with a thatched roof, green with moss, and half overgrown...
-III. Of the Visit of the Two Guildford Merchants to the Forester's Hut
Tristam Lyndwood did not return home till late in the evening; and when informed of the cardinal's visit, he shook his head gravely. I am sorry we went to the hunting party, he observed. Valentin...
-Of the Visit of the Two Guildford Merchants to the Forester's Hut. Continued
Give you good e'en, friend, said the foremost stranger to the forester. We are belated travellers, on our way from Guildford to Windsor, and, seeing your cottage, have called to obtain some refresh...
-IV. How Herne the Hunter showed the Earl of Surrey the Fair Geraldine in a Vision
On the third day after Surrey's imprisonment in the keep, he was removed to the Norman Tower. The chamber allotted him was square, tolerably lofty, and had two narrow-pointed windows on either side, ...
-V. What befell Sir Thomas Wyat in the Sandstone Cave -- And how he drank a maddening Potion
THE cave in which Sir Thomas Wyat found himself, on the removal of the bandage from his eyes, was apparently -- for it was only lighted by a single torch -- of considerable width and extent, and hewn ...
-VI. How Sir Thomas Wyat hunted with Herne
Accompanied by Wyat, and followed by the whole cavalcade, Herne dashed into the glen, where Fenwolf awaited him. Threading the hollow, the troop descried the hart flying swiftly along a sweeping glad...
-How Sir Thomas Wyat hunted with Herne. Continued
So you are come round at last, Sir Thomas, observed the keeper, in a slightly sarcastic tone. What has ailed me? asked Wyat, in surprise. You have had a fever for three days, returned Fenwolf...
-VIII. How the King and the Duke of Suffolk were assailed by Herne's Band -- And what followed the Attack
Henry and Suffolk, on leaving the forester's hut, took their way for a sort space along the side of the lake, and then turned into a path leading through the trees up the eminence on the left. The ki...
-How the King and the Duke of Suffolk were assailed by Herne's Band -- And what followed the Attack. Continued
In good truth, Suffolk, we must henceforth be rated as miserable faineants, to be scared from our path by a silly wench's tale of deerstealers and wild huntsmen. I am sorry I yielded to her entreati...
-IX. Showing how Morgan Fenwolf escaped from the Garter Tower
Half-an-hour afterwards Fenwolf was visited by the Duke of Suffolk and a canon of the college; and the guard-chamber being cleared, the duke enjoined him to make clear his bosom by confession. I hol...
-X. How Herne the Hunter was himself hunted
On the guard's recovery, information of what had occurred was immediately conveyed to the king, who had not yet retired to rest, but was sitting in his private chamber with the Dukes of Suffolk and No...
-How Herne the Hunter was himself hunted. Continued
The careful examination of the ground about the tree at length led to the discovery of a small hole among its roots, about half a dozen yards from the trunk, and though this hole seemed scarcely large...
-Book III. The History Of The Castle. I. Comprising the First Two Epochs in the History of Windsor Castle
Amid the gloom hovering over the early history of Windsor Castle appear the mighty phantoms of the renowned King Arthur and his knights, for whom it is said Merlin reared a magic fortress upon its hei...
-Comprising the First Two Epochs in the History of Windsor Castle. Continued
Sorely pressed by the barons in 1215, John sought refuge within the castle, and in the same year signed the two charters, Magna Charta and Charta de Foresta, at Runnymede -- a plain between Windsor a...
-II. Comprising the Third Great Epoch in the History of the Castle -- And showing how the Most Noble Order of the Garter was instituted
Strongly attached to the place of his birth, Edward the Third, by his letters patent dated from Westminster, in the twenty-second year of his reign, now founded the ancient chapel established by Henry...
-Comprising the Third Great Epoch in the History of the Castle -- And showing how the Most Noble Order of the Garter was instituted. Continued
Truly hath the learned Selden written, that the Order of the Garter hath not only precedency of antiquity before the eldest rank of honour of that kind anywhere established, but it exceeds in majesty...
-III. Comprising the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle -- And showing how Saint George's Chapel was rebuilt by King Edward the Fourth
Finding the foundation and walls of Saint George's Chapel much dilapidated and decayed, Edward the Fourth resolved to pull down the pile, and build a larger and statelier structure in its place. With...
-Comprising the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle -- And showing how Saint George's Chapel was rebuilt by King Edward the Fourth. Part 2
The removal of this objectionable feature, and the restoration of framework and compartments in the style of the original, and enriched with ancient mellow-toned and many-hued glass in keeping with th...
-the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle. Part 3
On the same basement were to be two tombs of black touchstone supporting the images of the king and queen, not as dead, but sleeping, to show, so runs the order, that famous princes leaving behind ...
-the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle. Part 4
Mary held her court at Windsor soon after her union with Philip of Spain. About this period the old habitations of the alms-knights on the south side of the lower quadrangle were taken down, and other...
-the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle. Part 5
Edward the Third's Tower, indifferently called the Earl Marshal's Tower and the Devil Tower, and used as a place of confinement for state prisoners, was now allotted to the maids of honour. It was in...
-the Fourth Epoch in the History of the Castle. Part 6
Not the least of the attractions of the park is Virginia Water, with its bright and beautiful expanse, its cincture of green banks, soft and smooth as velvet, its screen of noble woods, its Chinese fi...
-Book IV. Cardinal Wolsey
I Of the Interview between Henry and Catherine of Arragon in the Urswick Chapel -- And how it was interrupted. IT was now the joyous month of June; and where is June so joyous as within the courts ...
-Book IV. Cardinal Wolsey. Part 2
The affair, however, so long and so artfully delayed, was now drawing to a close. A court was appointed by the legates to be holden on the 18th of June, at Blackfriars, to try the question. Gardiner...
-Book IV. Cardinal Wolsey. Part 3
Uttering an angry exclamation, Henry turned on his heel and would have left her, but she clung to the skirts of his robe. Hear me a moment, Henry -- my king -- my husband -- one single moment -- he...
-Book IV. Cardinal Wolsey. Part 4
Because it is due to you -- to myself -- to the princess our daughter -- to our illustrious progenitors -- and to our people, to make it, replied Catherine. I should be unworthy to be your consort ...
-II. How Herne the Hunter appeared to Henry on the Terrace
Henry again sat down to his despatches, and employed himself upon them to a late hour. At length, feeling heated and oppressed, he arose, and opened a window. As he did so, he was almost blinded by ...
-III. How Mabel Lyndwood was taken to the Castle by Nicholas Clamp -- And how they encountered Morgan Fenwolf by the way
THE storm which had fallen so heavily on the castle had likewise visited the lake, and alarmed the inmates of the little dwelling on its banks. Both the forester and his grand-daughter were roused f...
-How Mabel Lyndwood was taken to the Castle by Nicholas Clamp -- And how they encountered Morgan Fenwolf by the way. Part 2
Come with me, Mabel, cried Fenwolf, disregarding him. But she returned a peremptory refusal. She shall not stir an inch! cried the falconer. It is thou, Morgan Fenwolf, who must go with me. ...
-And how they encountered Morgan Fenwolf by the way. Part 3
Ay, that we are! replied a chorus of voices. By my troth, the wench is wondrously beautiful! said Kit Coo, one of the yeomen of the guard. No wonder the king is smitten with her, said Launcelo...
-V. Of the Combat between Will Sommers and Patch -- And how it terminated
Mabel's heart fluttered violently at the usher's announcement, and for a moment the colour deserted her cheek, while the next instant she was covered with blushes. As to poor Patch, feeling that his ...
-Of the Combat between Will Sommers and Patch -- And how it terminated. Continued
Well fought on both sides! cried Henry; it were hard to say which will prove the victor. Now, knaves, to it again - ha! ha! -- to it again! Once more the bags were wielded, descended, and the bl...
-VI. The Legend of Herne the Hunter
Nearly a century and a half ago, commenced Cutbeard, about the middle of the reign of Richard the Second, there was among the keepers of the forest a young man named Herne. He was expert beyond his...
-The Legend of Herne the Hunter. Part 2
The keepers stared in astonishment. But the king commanded that the strange order should be obeyed. Upon which the bleeding skull was fastened upon the head of the keeper with leathern thongs. 'I...
-The Legend of Herne the Hunter. Part 3
On that night, a terrible thunderstorm occurred -- as terrible, it may be, as that of last night -- and during its continuance, the oak on which Herne had hanged himself was blasted by the lightning....
-The Legend of Herne the Hunter. Part 4
As the castle clock tolled forth the hour of midnight, Richard, accompanied by a numerous guard, and attended by the keepers, issued from the gates, and rode towards the scathed oak. As they drew ne...
-VII. Of the Mysterious Noise heard in the Curfew Tower
On quitting the kitchen, Henry, having been informed by Bouchier that Tristram Lyndwood was lodged in the prison-chamber in the lower gateway, proceeded thither to question him. He found the old man ...
-Of the Mysterious Noise heard in the Curfew Tower. Continued
The demon was apparently satisfied with the alarm he had occasioned, for the hammering was not renewed at that time. VIII Showing the Vacillations of the King between Wolsey and Anne Boleyn. Before...
-IX. How Tristram Lyndwood was interrogated by the King
Anne Boleyn remained with her royal lover for a few minutes to pour forth her gratitude for the attachment he had displayed to her, and to confirm the advantage she had gained over Wolsey. As soon as...
-X. Of the Brief Advantage gained by the Queen and the Cardinal
As the king, wholly unattended -- for he had left the archers at the Curfew Tower -- was passing at the back of Saint George's Chapel, near the north transept, he paused for a moment to look at the em...
-Of the Brief Advantage gained by the Queen and the Cardinal. Continued
I attend your pleasure, madam, said Wolsey, with a profound inclination. You have been long in answering my summons, said the queen; but I could not expect greater promptitude. Time was when a ...
-XI. How Tristram Lyndwood and Mabel were liberated
Intelligence of the queen's return was instantly conveyed to Anne Boleyn, and filled her with indescribable alarm. All her visions of power and splendour seemed to melt away at once. She sent for he...
-How Tristram Lyndwood and Mabel were liberated. Continued
What is the matter, child? cried Tristram.. He is here! -- he is come! cried Mabel, in a tone of the deepest terror. Who -- the king? cried Tristram, looking up. Ah! I see! Herne is come to ...
-XII. How Wolsey was disgraced by the King
On the following day, a reconciliation took place between the king and Anne Boleyn. During a ride in the great park with his royal brother, Suffolk not only convinced him of the groundlessness of his...
-How Wolsey was disgraced by the King. Part 2
I understand your drift, sir, replied Wolsey; you would tell me I am not welcome. Well, then, his eminence Cardinal Campeggio and myself must take up our lodging at some hostel in the town, for it...
-How Wolsey was disgraced by the King. Part 3
You have sought an interview with me, my lords, he said, with suppressed rage. What would you? We have brought an instrument to you, my liege, said Wolsey, which has just been received from h...
-Book V. Mabel Lyndwood
I How the Earl of Surrey and the Fair Geraldine met in King James's Bower in the Moat -- And how they were surprised by the Duke of Richmond. IN order to preserve unbroken the chain of events with wh...
-Book V. Mabel Lyndwood. Part 2
For what reason? demanded the earl, as he followed his conductor up the steep side of the mound. But receiving. no reply, he did not renew the inquiry Entering a door in the covered way at the he...
-Book V. Mabel Lyndwood. Part 3
You can now proceed without my aid, said Herne: but take care not to expose yourself to the sentinels. Keeping under the shade of the trees, for the moon was shining brightly, Surrey hastened tow...
-II. How Sir Thomas Wyat found Mabel in the Sandstone Cave, and what happened to him there
A week after the foregoing occurrence, the Earl of Surrey was set free. But his joy at regaining his liberty was damped by learning that the Fair Geraldine had departed for Ireland. She had left the ...
-How Sir Thomas Wyat found Mabel in the Sandstone Cave, and what happened to him there. Continued
Ho! ho! Ho! laughed the foremost, whose antlered helm and wild garb proclaimed him to be Herne; they little dreamed who were the hearers of their conference. So they think to take me, Fenwolf -- h...
-III. In what manner Herne declared his Passion for Mabel
Utterly disregarding her cries and entreaties, Fenwolf dragged Mabel into the great cavern, and forced her to take a seat on a bench near the spot where a heap of ashes showed that the fire was ordina...
-IV. How Sir Thomas Wyat was visited by Herne in the Cell
Made aware by the clangour of the lock, and Fenwolf's exulting laughter, of the snare in which he had been caught, Sir Thomas Wyat instantly sprang from his hiding-place, and rushed to the door; but b...
-V. How Mabel escaped from the Cave with Sir Thomas Wyat
The next day Mabel was set at liberty by her gaoler, and the hours flew by without the opportunity of escape, for which she sighed, occurring to her. As night drew on, she became more anxious, and at...
-VI. Of the Desperate Resolution formed by Tristram and Fenwolf, and how the Train was laid
Transported with rage at the escape of the fugitives, Fenwolf turned to old Tristram, and drawing his knife, threatened to make an end of him. But the old man, who was armed with a short hunting-sword...
-VII. How the Train was fired, and what followed the Explosion
About ten o'clock in the night under consideration, Surrey and Richmond, accompanied by the Duke of Shoreditch, and half a dozen other archers, set out from the castle, and took their way along the gr...
-How the Train was fired, and what followed the Explosion. Continued
It is Herne! it is Herne! burst from every lip. And they all started in pursuit, urging the horses to their utmost speed. Sir Thomas Wyat had instantly remounted his steed, and he came up with ...
-Book VI. Jane Seymour. I. Of Henry's Attachment to Jane Seymour
ON the anniversary of Saint George, 1536, and exactly seven years from the opening of this chronicle, Henry assembled the knights-companions within Windsor Castle to hold the grand feast of the most n...
-II. How Anne Boleyn received Proof of Henry's Passion for Jane Seymour
On the day after the solemnisation of the Grand Feast of the Order of the Garter, a masqued fete of great splendour and magnificence was held within the castle. The whole of the state apartments were...
-III. What passed between Norris and the Tall Monk
Tottering to the seat which Henry and Jane had just quitted, Anne sank into it. After a little time, having in some degree recovered her composure, she was about to return to the great hall, when Nor...
-IV. Of the Secret Interview between Norris and Anne Boleyn, and of the Dissimulation practised by the King
Henry's attentions to Jane Seymour at the masqued fete were so marked, that the whole court was made aware of his passion. But it was not anticipated that any serious and extraordinary consequences w...
-V. What happened at the Jousts
The first of May arrived; and though destined to set in darkness and despair, it arose in sunshine and smiles. All were astir at an early hour within the castle, and preparations were made for the ap...
-What happened at the Jousts. Continued
No sooner were the words uttered, than the thundering tramp of the steeds resounded, and the opponents met midway. Both their lances were shivered; but as the king did not, in the slightest degree, c...
-VI. What passed between Anne Boleyn and the Duke of Suffolk, and how Herne the Hunter appeared to her in the Oratory
For some hours Anne Boleyn's attendants were alarmed for her reason, and there seemed good grounds for the apprehension, so wildly and incoherently did she talk, and so violently comport herself -- sh...
-VII. How Herne appeared to Henry In the Home Park
On that same night, at a late hour, a horseman, mounted on a powerful steed, entered the eastern side of the home park, and stationed himself beneath the trees. He had not been there long, when the c...
-VIII. The Signal Gun
Anne Boleyn's arraignment took place in the great hall of the White Tower, on the 16th of May, before the Duke of Norfolk, who was created lord high steward for the occasion, and twenty-six peers. The...









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