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OF THE

QUEENS OF ENGLAND,

FROM

THE NORMAN CONQUEST;

WITH

ANECDOTES OF THEIR COURTS,

NOW FIRST PUBLISHED FROM

OFFICIAL RECORDS AND OTHER AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS,
PRIVATE AS WELL AS PUBLIC.

'BY

AGNES STRICKLAND.

. The treasures of antiquity laid up
In old historic rolls, I opened."

Bbaumont.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.
1840.

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PREFACE.

Many apologies are due to an indulgent public for the tardy appearance of the third and concluding volume of the First Series of the "Lives of the Queens of England."

The cause of this delay will be best explained by a letter which I had the honour of receiving from his Excellency Monsieur Guizot in May last, and which I avail myself of his courteous permission to publish, as affording not only a cogent reason for the postponement of the present volume, but a testimonial of those preceding it, of which I can scarcely be too proud.

Londres, Mai 17, 1840.

"Mademoiselle, "Je réponds bien tard à la bonté que vous m'avez témoignée en m'envoyant vos ' Vies des Reines d'Angleterre.' Je n'ai pas voulu vous en parler sans les avoir 1 ues, et jusqu' ici j'ai eu bien peu de tems disponible. J'ai lu enfin, Mademoiselle, et avec un bien vif plaisir. C'est un ouvrage charmant, plein d'un intérêt sérieux et doux. Vous avez étudié les sources, et vous savez présenter lesïaits simplement, bien que sans sécheresse.

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