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Portrait of King Henry VIII, c.1520
King Henry VIII, c1520. NPG.


The rose both white and rede
     In one rose now dothe grow;
Thus thorow every stede
     Thereof the fame dothe blow:
     Grace the sede did sow:
England, now gaddir flowris,
Exclude now all dolowrs.

Noble Henry the eight,
     Thy loving sovereine lorde,
Of kingis line moost streight,
     His titille dothe recorde:
     In whome dothe wele acorde
Alexis yonge of age,
Adrastus wise and sage.

Astrea, Justice hight,
     That from the starry sky
Shall now com and do right,
     This hunderd yere scantly
     A man kowd not aspy
That Right dwelt vs among,
And that was the more wrong:

Right shall the foxis chare,
     The wolvis, the beris also,
That wrowght have moche care,
     And browght Englond in wo:
     They shall wirry no mo,
Nor wrote the Rosary
By extort trechery.

Of this our noble king
     The law they shall not breke;
They shall com to rekening;
     No man for them wil speke:
     The pepil durst not creke
Theire grevis to complaine,
They browght them in soche paine:

Therfor no more they shall
     The commouns ouerbace,
That wont wer over all
     Both lorde and knight to face;
     For now the yeris of grace
And welthe ar com agayne,
That maketh England faine.

Adonis of freshe colour,
     Of yowthe the godely flour,
Our prince of high honour,
     Our paves, our succour,
     Our king, our emperour,
Our Priamus of Troy,
Our welth, our worldly joy;

Vpon vs he doth reigne,
     That makith our hartis glad,
As king moost soueraine
     That ever Englond had;
     Demure, sober, and sad,
And Martis lusty knight;
God save him in his right!

                 Bien men sovient.

Per me laurigerum Britonum Skeltonida






Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. Vol II.
Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1856. 340-2.

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Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
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Elizabethan Theatre
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Images of London:
London in the time of Henry VII. MS. Roy. 16 F. ii.
London, 1510, the earliest view in print
Map of England from Saxton's Descriptio Angliae, 1579
Location Map of Elizabethan London
Plan of the Bankside, Southwark, in Shakespeare's time
Detail of Norden's Map of the Bankside, 1593
Bull and Bear Baiting Rings from the Agas Map (1569-1590, pub. 1631)
Sketch of the Swan Theatre, c. 1596
Westminster in the Seventeenth Century, by Hollar
Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616. COLOR

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