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tted the balcony. What had happened? The ultramontane Sanders, notorious as being a most malicious and fabulous writer, mentions tha


t the queen had dropped her handkerchief into the lists, and that Norris took it up and wi


ped his face with it. Lord Herbert, Burnet, and others affirm that there is nothing to corroborate the story, which, were it true, might be very innocent. However, the festivities were interrupted by the king's departure. The confusion was universal, and the alarmed queen withdrew, eager to

know the cause of the strange procedure.[299] Thus ended


the rejoicings of the First of May. Henry, who had gone back to the palace, hearing of t

he queen's return, refus

ed to see her, ordered her to keep her room, mounted his horse, and, accompanied by six gentlemen, g

alloped back to London

. Slackening his pace for a time, he took Norris aside, and, telling him the occasion of his anger,

promised to {139} pardon

him if he would confess. Norris answered, with firmness and respect: 'Sire, if you were to cut me op


en and take out my heart, I could only tell you what I know.'[300] On reaching Whitehall,

Henry said to his minist

ers: 'To-morrow morning you will take Rocheford, Norris, and Weston to the Tower; you will then proc

eed to Greenwich, arre

st the queen, and put her in prison. Finally, you will write to Cranmer and bid him go immediately t

o Lambeth, and there await m

y orders.' The victims were seized, and the high-priest summoned for the sacrifice. The night was f