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This book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 Excerpt: ...Nottingham, however, Edward made good his retreat to a village called Obiey, which chanced at that time to be partially fortified with a wall and a strong gate. Here the rebels pursued him; and Edward, hearing that Sir Anthony Woodville, who conceived that the fate of his father and brother cancelled all motive for longer absence from the contest, was busy in collecting a force in the neighbourhood of Coventry, while other assistance might be daily expected from London, strengthened the fortifications as well as the time would permit, and awaited the assault of the insurgents. It was at this crisis, and while throughout all England reigned terror and commotion—that one day, towards the end of July, a small troop of horsemen were seen riding rapidly towards the neighbourhood of Olney. As the village came in view of the cavalcade, with the spire of its church, and its grey stone gateway, so, also, they beheld, on the pastures that stretched around wide and far, a moving forest of pikes and plumes. "Holy Mother " said one of the foremost riders, "Good knight and strong man though Edward be, it were sharp work to cut his way from that hamlet through yonder fields Brother, we were more welcome, had we brought more bills and bows at our backs " "Archbishop," answered the stately personage thus addressed, "we bring what alone raises armies and disbands them—a Name that a People honours From the moment the White Bear is seen on yonder archway, side by side with the king's banner—that army will vanish as smoke before the wind." "Paston Letters," ccxcviii. (Knight's edition), vol. ii., p. 59. See also " Lingard," vol. iii., p. 522 (4to edition), note 43, for the proper date to be assigned to Edward's le...

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