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THE BOKE OF NOBLESSE

ADDRESSED TO KING EDWARD THE FOURTH

ON HIS INVASION OF FRANCE

IN 1475

WITH AN INTRODUCTION

BY JOHN GOUGH NICHOLS, F.S.A.

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BURT FRANKLIN NEW YORK

Published by LENOX HILL Pub. & Dist. Co. (Burt Franklin) 235 East 44th St., New York, N.Y. 10017 Reprinted: 1972 Printed in the U.S.A.

Burt Franklin: Research and Source Works Series Selected Studies in History, Economics, & Social Science: n.s. 17 (b) Medieval, Renaissance & Reformation Studies

Reprinted from the original edition in the University of Minnesota Library.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

The Boke of noblesse.

Reprint of the 1860 ed. printed for the Roxburghe Club.

1. Chivalry History. 2. Hundred Years' War, 1339 1453. 3. Great Britain History Edward IV, 1461 1483. I. Roxburghe Club, London. CR4515.B64 1972 394'.7'09 73 80201 ISBN 0 8337 2524 6

THE ROXBURGHE CLUB.

MDCCCLX.

THE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH AND QUEENSBERRY, K.G. PRESIDENT.

THE DUKE OF HAMILTON AND BRANDON. THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND, K.G. HIS EXCELLENCY MONSIEUR VAN DE WEYER. MARQUIS OF LOTHIAN. EARL OF CARNARVON. EARL OF POWIS, V.P. EARL CAWDOR. EARL OF ELLESMERE. LORD VERNON. LORD DELAMERE. LORD DUFFERIN. LORD WENSLEYDALE. RIGHT HON. SIR DAVID DUNDAS. HON. ROBERT CURZON, JUN. SIR STEPHEN RICHARD GLYNNE, BART. SIR EDWARD HULSE, BART. SIR JOHN BENN WALSH, BART. SIR JOHN SIMEON, BART. SIR JAMES SHAW WILLES. NATHANIEL BLAND, ESQ. BERIAH BOTFIELD, ESQ. Treasurer. REV WILLIAM EDWARD BUCKLEY. PAUL BUTLER, ESQ. FRANCIS HENRY DICKINSON, ESQ. THOMAS GAISFORD, ESQ. RALPH NEVILLE GRENVILLE, ESQ. REV. EDWARD CRAVEN HAWTREY, D.D. ROBERT STAYNER HOLFORD, ESQ. ADRIAN JOHN HOPE, ESQ. ALEX. JAMES BERESFORD HOPE, ESQ. REV. JOHN STUART HIPPISLEY HORNER, M.A. JOHN ARTHUR LLOYD, ESQ. EVELYN PHILIP SHIRLEY, ESQ. WILLIAM STIRLING, ESQ. SIMON WATSON TAYLOR, ESQ. GEORGE TOMLINE, ESQ. CHARLES TOWNELEY, ESQ.

TO THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS

OF

THE ROXBURGHE CLUB

THIS INTERESTING HISTORICAL TREATISE,

WRITTEN IN ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE

INVASION OF FRANCE BY KING EDWARD THE FOURTH IN 1475,

IS DEDICATED AND PRESENTED

BY THEIR OBEDIENT SERVANT,

DELAMERE.

June 23, 1860.

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INTRODUCTION.

The Book of Noblesse, which is now for the first time printed, was addressed to King Edward the Fourth for a political purpose, on a great and important occasion. He was in the midst of his second reign, living in high prosperity. He had subdued his domestic enemies. His Lancastrian rivals were no longer in existence, and the potent King maker had fought his last field. Edward was the father of two sons; and had no immediate reason to dread either of his younger brothers, however unkind and treacherous we now know them to have been. He was the undisputed King of England, and, like his predecessors, the titular King of France. His brother in law the duke of Burgundy, who had befriended him in his exile in 1470, was continually urging, for his own ambitious views, that the English should renew their ancient enterprises in France; and Edward, notwithstanding his natural indolence, was at last prepared to carry his arms into that country. The project was popular with all those who were burning for military fame, indignant at the decay of the English name upon the continent, or desirous to improve their fortunes by the acquisitions of conquest... Continue reading book >>




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