Act 4 - Scene 1
A street in Westminster.
Enter two Gentlemen, meeting one another
You're well met once again.
So are you.
You come to take your stand here, and behold
The Lady Anne pass from her coronation?
'Tis all my business. At our last encounter,
The Duke of Buckingham came from his trial.
'Tis very true: but that time offer'd sorrow;
This, general joy.
'Tis well: the citizens,
I am sure, have shown at full their royal minds
As, let 'em have their rights, they are
In celebration of this day with shows,
Pageants and sights of honour.
Nor, I'll assure you, better taken, sir.
May I be bold to ask at what that contains,
That paper in your hand?
Yes; 'tis the list
Of those that claim their offices this day
By custom of the coronation.
The Duke of Suffolk
is the first, and claims
To be high-steward; next, the Duke of Norfolk,
He to be earl marshal: you may read
I thank you, sir: had I not known those customs,
I should have been beholding to your paper.
But, I beseech
you, what's become of Katharine,
The princess dowager? how goes her business?
That I can tell you too. The Archbishop
Of Canterbury, accompanied with other
Learned and reverend
fathers of his order,
Held a late court at Dunstable, six miles off
From Ampthill where the princess lay; to
She was often cited by them, but appear'd not:
And, to be short, for not appearance and
late scruple, by the main assent
Of all these learned men she was divorced,
And the late marriage made
of none effect
Since which she was removed to Kimbolton,
Where she remains now sick.
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