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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 3, 1519-1523. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1867.

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Miscellaneous 1519

Broidered coverings of bardes in the custody of Geo. Lovekyn, clerk of the stable, in the armoury in the tiltyard at Greenwich, 1 May 11 (fn. 1) Hen. VIII.; Sir Henry Guldeford being master of the Horse. The embroideries are as follows: The arms of England and France, England alone, France alone, king Arthur, Brute, Cadwallader,—England, France, and Spain,—England, France, and Hennaulde,—England and France, "panyd,"—France and Navarre,—Ireland, Wales, Normandy, Guyon and Cornwall; the lion of England powdered with crowns imperial, clouds and suns. This with several others following, delivered to Ric. Gibson and Thos. Forster, to rip and put upon russet and white; dragons powdered with red roses; grey-hounds powdered with portcullises; white harts crowned and chained, powdered with suns; black "bullis" powdered with white roses and suns; white harts fleeing, powdered with fleurs de lys; falcons powdered with ostrich feathers; white roses and suns powdered with falcons and fetterlocks; white and red roses within garters powdered with roots of trees, castles, pomegranates and great roses crowned; a hand coming out of a cloud, holding a branch of roses and pomegranates, with H and K; scutcheons with the arms of St. George on one half, and on the other those of England and France with great garters, powdered with garters and scutcheons; true loves and hearts with H and K in the midst; bards; crimson velvet and cloth of gold, embroidered with white roses and suns; cloth of gold and black velvet, with white and red roses, suns and portcullises, powdered with hearts and true loves; white and green velvet checked, with H and K, castles and roses; cloth of gold and purple velvet with goldsmith's work; green cloth of tissue, with roses, pomegranates and portcullises, bordered with cloth of silver and a green silk and gold fringe, with crynny, shawfron, headstall and reins of the same cloth of tissue; white cloth of tissue, with roses, pomegranates and portcullises, with a border of cloth of silver and white and gold fringe, with a crynny, &c. used by Nic. Major, saddler; crimson velvet, embroidered with a blue heart, and springing out of it branches of cut work of cloth of gold with roses and pomegranates crowned, and powdered with dragons, lions, greyhounds and unicorns.
Steel bards: Gilt with a trail of roses and pomegranates, with the story of St. George and St. Barbara, and a crynny and shawfron wrought by Powle; silvered, parcel gilt with pomegranates and "Burgonyons crosses," crynny, shawfron and reins, with a fringe of gold and black silk, given by the Emperor; parcel gilt, with crynny, &c.; and three ungilt with crynnys, &c.
Two crynnes and shawfrons, parcel gilt; two shawfrons, parcel gilt; two of Powle's gilding, lacking an ear; 16 crynnes and shawfrons not gilt, and some other crynnes without shawfrons.
Embroidered trappers in Lovekyn's keeping, ao 11. White cloth of tissue, with St. George and a cross of crimson velvet; the arms of Cadwallader on blue velvet, powdered with ostrich feathers of goldsmiths' work, delivered by the King's orders to Geo. Senesco and John Burton, gold-wire drawers; red roses on blue velvet, with a border of green cloth of tissue embroidered with dragons and powdered with gold dragon's wings; portcullises of goldsmith's work on crimson velvet, powdered with fleurs de lys; fleurs de lys on blue velvet, powdered with portcullises; the arms of England and France; the arms of Ireland powdered with hawthorn leaves; cloth of gold embroidered with a red and white rose, and a fringe of silver and green silk; purple velvet and rich cloth of tissue, with a white and red rose, and H and K, fringed with silver and green silk; cloth of gold and purple velvet paned, with red and white velvet roses and H and K; crimson and purple velvet, party, like lozenges, with red and white roses, pomegranates and fleurs de lys, the border embroidered with "Servir loialment;" crimson and purple velvet, lozenge wire, with red and white roses, suns, pomegranates and fleurs de lys, with a border as the last; blue chamblet of silver and cloth of gold, with a fringe of flat damask gold; cloth of silver, embroidered with a trail of green velvet, with roses white and red; cloth of white tissue, pendant fashion, made when the King entered Tournay; cloth of tissue, made for the jousts at Tournay; black and blue velvet, with cut work of rose leaves of white cloth of gold, fringed with flat gold of damask, and tied together with points of Venice gold; blue and black tynsyn satin, with black and blue velvet lozenges, fringed with gold and black silk, tied with gold and silk points; one half black velvet, embroidered with cut work of blue tynsyn, fringed with flat gold of damask, lined with black satin; the other half white velvet, with cut work of cloth of silver, and lined with cloth of silver, fringed with flat gold of damask, with a border containing 143½ letters and 25 ciphers; 117 garnishing bells on the trapper, and 8 great bells for the neck, all of fine gold; a headstall and reins to match the gold, except the neck bells delivered to Robt. Amadas; 16 silver gilt bells for horses' necks.
Harnesses for coursers of broidery and goldsmiths' work, in Lovekyn's keeping, ao 11.—14 of blue velvet, embroidered with "essis," and 945 silver gilt bells, like hearts, and 14 great bells for croppers. 372 bells and 5 great bells ripped out of 5 harnesses, delivered to Burton and Senesco 3 May 12 Hen. VIII. 13 harnesses of goldsmiths' work, with crowns imperial and roses, with 1,137 bells, like pears, wreathen, 104 buckles, 130 pendants and 12 pairs of portemors, all silver gilt. 14 of crimson velvet, with 1,960 buttons, 140 buckles, 168 pendants, 13½ pairs of portemors and 14 great roses on the croppers, all silver gilt. 14 of blue velvet, with silver gilt fleurs de lys. 14 of crimson velvet, with trails, 3,617 bells, pear fashion, 84 buckles, 112 pendants, 14 pairs of portemors and 14 great roses for the cruppers, all silver gilt. 14 of blue velvet, embroidered with fleurs de lys and roses, with hawthorn leaves, and 2,360 tassels, 84 buckles, 112 pendants, 14 pairs of portemors, and 14 roses for the cruppers, all silver. One of black, blue and white velvet, garnished with slips, chevourns, flowers, hanging spangles, a great apple, leaved, for the crupper, 101 tassels and a pair of bosses, all fine gold, and 8 buckles and 8 pendants, silver gilt; delivered by Sir H. Guldeford to Amadas. A foot cloth of russet cloth of tissue, fringed with Venice gold, and lined with red satin; a harness of the same, with 12 buckles and pendants, silver gilt, given to the French king at Guynes. A crimson velvet harness, embroidered with roses, portcullises, fleurs de lys, clouds and suns of damask gold. A Spanish headstall with silk buttons and tassels, 2 broad bars for portemors, 2 buckles, 2 pendants, 8 studs, all gold enamelled, and 6 gold studs not enamelled; on the front, a flat thing of gold, a roundell and a round bead, all enamelled. A gilt steel bit for a jennet, a thing to hang about his neck, 2 bosses, 6 roundells, 2 true loves, 2 crescents and a hand, all gold enamelled. A leather paytrell, wrought with damask gold, fringed with crimson silk and gold, with buttons of Venice gold, tassels of crimson silk, 2 buckles and pendants, 6 studs and 2 great bars, all gold enamelled. A pair of gilt Spanish spurs, with four pendants, and 46 bars of gold, all enamelled. A pair of Spanish stirrups, plated with gold, and enamelled. 8 poitrels and cruppers of black velvet and green cloth of gold, embroidered.
Saddles of embroidery: 2 for coursers, for the King's own wear, of crimson velvet, embroidered with silver, and gilt; one of black, white and blue velvet, with cut work of cloth of gold, given to Sir Edw. Guldeford; 2 for the King's wear, with silver spangles; one of blue velvet with goldsmith's work.
Saddles of steel.—Gilt by Powle, covered with crimson velvet; silvered and parcel gilt, covered with crimson velvet with a border of pomegranates, the Emperor's gift; purple velvet with a trail, and roses and portcullises of cut work, given by my lord Chamberlain; two of white and black velvet with cut work of white cloth of silver and blue tynsyn satin fringed with flat damask gold; black velvet, with cut work of green cloth of gold; black and blue velvet, with rose leaves of white cloth of gold; 3 black velvet; striped purple velvet and cloth of gold; crimson velvet with a trail of cloth of gold, embroidered with roses and pomegranates; blue velvet stitched with white satin cut work.
Base coats.—The first, one half black velvet with blue tynsyn cut works, lined with black satin, and fringed with flat gold of damask; the other half white velvet, lined with cloth of silver, with a border containing 208 letters and 43½ ciphers of fine gold, which were delivered to Amadas. A coat with body and half sleeves of green cloth of tissue, with roses, pomegranates and portcullises, with borders of raised silver, lined with white satin; rich white cloth of tissue with roses, &c., lined with green satin; black and blue velvet, with white cloth of gold, cut work of rose leaves, fringed with flat gold of damask, and tied together with points of Venice gold; blue tynsyn satin, with black velvet lozenges fringed with gold and black silk, and tied with gold and silk points on one side; on the other, black satin with blue velvet lozenges, lined with black sarcenet; purple velvet, with a border of purple satin, and on it tristram knots of purple velvet, lined with black sarcenet. Eight of black velvet and green cloth of gold. Six coats for the footmen, of crimson velvet with goldsmith's work.
Pp. 19. Signed by Henry VIII. on the first and last pages.
19 Feb. AUG. R. O.
"The meskeler of New Hall, the xi. [year]."
On the 23rd [Aug.] 11 Hen. VIII., at the manor of [Havering] of Bower, the King sent for Gibson, and ordered Sir Wm. Cumton to make letters to Wm. Botre, mercer, for the provision of silks and other stuffs, for 12 Almain coats with sleeves, 6 of green and 6 of yellow satin. The green coats to be set with gold scales like those of a dragon or sturgeon, and the yellow coats with silver scales. Hosen and shoes, and coats for minstrels, were also to be provided, and all were brought to New Hall, in Essex, and used by the King with the strangers, (fn. 2) on the evening of the 3rd September. 22 suits of apparel were given by the King to the strangers.
Green satin, 44½ yds., at 7s. 8d.; for 6 garments, Milan bonnets, hose and shoes for the lords. Yellow satin, 45¼ yds., at 7s. 8d., for similar suits. Green sarcenet, 85 yds., at 4s., for 6 mantles, for 2 maskeling gowns and hoods for the gentlemen servers of lights, and apparel for the drumbyllslads. 10 yds., at 3s. 4d., for bonnets and garments for the two children who played Summer and Lust in Cornishe's pastime. Yellow sarcenet, 90 yds. 1½ qr., at 4s., for mantles, gowns for the light bearers, jackets, hose, &c. for the drumbyllslads, garment and bonnet for the child that played the Moon, and 7 girdles for Cornishe's children. Red, black, blue and russet sarcenet of "Genys," 20 yds., at 3s. 4d., for those who played the Sun, Winter, Wind and Rain. Gold and silver of damask, 634 0z., at 4s. and 4s. 8d. the oz., bought of Robt. Spendley, of London, and Geo. Seneske, used for garnishing the 12 lords' apparel. Green riband, 13 yds., at 4d., for lacing bonnets and knitting vizors. 12 doz. green silk points, bought of Elizabeth Phellyp, at 8d. a doz. Green "flanon," 9 yds., bought of Ric. Holt, at 2s. 8d., for 6 pr. of hose. Green kersey, 4½ yds., at 2s., for minstrels' hose. Yellow riband, 14 yds., at 3d., for bonnets, vizors, &c., for the King and his suite. 12 doz. yellow points, at 8d. a doz. Yellow flannel, 10½ yds., at 2s. 8d., and yellow kersey, 4 yds., at 2s. Plain yellow broad cloth, 1 yd. 2½ qr., at 3s., and 2½ yds. white cotton, at 7d., for lining bonnets. "Whyttyd Flemeshe," for lining garments for the King and lords, 10 ells, at 9d. Bought of Blagraff's wife, 84 ells Holland cloth, at 20d., and 414 yds. colored "scole" riband, at 4d., for 12 pr. Spanish sleeves; for making the sleeves, 40s. To John Brown, painter, for beating and putting on the scales of gold and silver on the garments, and for the beating, and the gold and silver on the childrens' garments and bonnets; viz., one, red, powdered with gold suns and clouds; the second, yellow, powdered with moons and clouds; the third, blue, powdered with drops of silver; the fourth, powdered with gold primroses; the fifth, with silver honeysuckles; the sixth, with gold stars, and the seventh, with silver snowflakes, 19l. 13s. 4d. Dyed horsehair, 1½ lb., at 16d., and black horsehair "pryllyd," (fn. 3) 1½ 1b., 10s. (error for 10d.), for beards for vizors. A gallon of size, 6d. 5 ells of canvas at 4d., and 16 pasteboards at 3d., for bonnets. To Eliz. Fyllyp, for weaving 482 oz. flat gold and flat silver into fringes, 3d. an oz. 17 oz. fine yellow and green silk, 14d. an oz. To the embroiderer, 10l. To the tailor, 5l. 4s. To Gabriel, the French hosier, for making 4 pr. of hose for the Frenchmen, 8s. To John Barber and Gyllam at St. Martin's, for other hose, 22s. 8d. To divers persons at Southwark, St. Martin's, Temple Bar and Blak Chapyllton, for 12 pr. of shoes overhylled with satin, 16s. 7 ells of canvas used for a pattern of a garment of the King's device, and kept by him, 3s. 2½d. Carriage from London to Newhall and back, 12s. Waiters' wages, at 6d. a day. To Reynold Hatfeld, for making the garments for Cornishe's children, 25s. 4d.
The King, Memorance, Messieurs Moy, Pesard, Moret, Poynys, earl of Devonshire, Mr. Brown, Bryan, Nic. Carew, Carre and Norys.
All the apparel was given to the wearers. Nothing remained.
For jousts held to solemnize the marriage of the earl of Devonshire, which took place 20 Oct. 11 Hen. VIII., Gibson was ordered to prepare 2 bases and trappers of russet velvet, and cloth of silver engrayled, lozenged and crosslozenged with cloth of gold, every lozenge embroidered with trueloves of cloth of gold, with saddle covers and harness of the same; an apparel, with harness, trapper and base, of russet velvet and cloth of silver, "the one on the other double the one side, and cut," the other side of purple tinsel. These were used by the King, Sir Wm. Kingston, and Mr. Wm. Carre, at Greenwich, the 21st, 27th and 28th Oct.
Received of James Worsley, yeoman of the Robes, 35 yds. russet velvet, used by Gibson and Nic. Magoor, saddler. 32 yds. 2½ qr. cloth of silver of Venice. 7 yds. cloth of gold of damask, used by Wm. Mortemer, the embroiderer, for trueloves and lozenges. 5 yds. Venice cloth of gold. 9¾ yds. purple brochyd satin (tinsel). Bought of Wm. Bottre, mercer, 3½ yds. crimson satin, at 9s., for lining 3 headpieces, gauntlets, maundvers, borlets, with bolsters and bridles. 2½ lb. carded wool, at 4d., for the headpieces, &c. 9 yds. Cheshire cotton, at 7d., for lining the King's pasguard, grandegarde, the great mayn de fer, &c. 3 pieces black buckram, at 6s. 4d., for straining bases and lining trappers. 11 yds. white and russet sarcenet, at 4s., for girdles and headpieces. 8 doz. silk points, at 5d. a doz. To the tailor, 45s. The bases and trappers remain in the hands of Geo. Lufkin, clerk of the Stable; the harness with Nic. Magoor.
A mummery held at Greenwich on Saturday, 31 Dec. 11 Hen. VIII., consisting of 14 persons, for whom Gibson prepared the following clothes:—6 large great coats with ruffed sleeves of russet satin, with broad guards of russet velvet, the "plakards" and the "forsleeves" to be drawn and tufted with white sarcenet; bonnets and hoods of the same; russet sarcenet cloaks with Portingales caps, bound with the same sarcenet; 2 long gowns and hoods for the gentlemen who bare torches; 6 Venetian garments of yellow sarcenet, with wide sleeves; Turkish bonnets, girdles, &c.
Bought of Wm. Botre 13½ yds. russet velvet, at 12s. and 13s. a yd., for great coats for the King and lords. 82½ yds. russet satin at 7s. 4d., and coats and Milan bonnets for the King and lords. 7¾ yds. white sarcenet, at 4s. 81 yds. russet sarcenet, at 3s. 10d., for gowns for the torchbearers, girdles, &c. 71½ yds. yellow sarcenet, at 3s. 10d.
Bought of Elizabeth Phelype 4 doz. silk points, at 5d. a doz. Of Ric. Holte, 48 yds. black cotton, at 7½d. 12 Paris pasteboards for the "turffys" of the lords' bonnets, 4s. At the court gate, 50 pins, 2d. To the tailor, 4l. 18s. Boats to Greenwich, and their abode there, 2s. Spent: 1 gown of yellow sarcenet, a Turkey bonnet, and meskellyng hood and the girdles. The rest remains in the King's store, but has been altered divers times.
On 5 January the King went in meskellyng apparel by water to visit the Cardinal, with 19 gentlemen. The apparel was from the King's store, and brought that night from London to Greenwich. The following articles were bought in addition: 9 yds. black sarcenet, at 3s. 10d., for a long gown. 5 black velvet bonnets, at 18s. 1 doz. silk points, 6d. Carts from London to Greenwich and back, 2s. Boats, 1s. Total, 6l. 8s. Remaining, a black sarcenet garment and 5 black velvet bonnets.
On Twelfth even the King ordered a pageant to be prepared for Twelfth night, for which was paid: wages of laborers, at 12d. for the day and night; carriage; boathire; 4 candles, 4d., &c. Total, 22s.
On 7 Jan. Gibson received orders to prepare a meskeller for the 8th, for which the following garments were prepared:—6 yellow satin coats with large sleeves and double placards, tufted with white sarcenet, and bordered with crimson satin; bonnets and hoods of the same; 6 great cloaks with square mantles, rolled with crimson sarcenet; 6 long crimson sarcenet gowns, rolled with yellow sarcenet, and bonnets and hoods to match. Bought of Wm. Botre, Rauffe Warren and others: 83 yds. yellow satin, at 7s. 6d. 80 yds. yellow sarcenet, at 3s. 10d. and 4s. 26 yds. crimson satin, at 7s. 4d. and 8s. 4d. 95 yds. crimson sarcenet, at 3s. 10d. 7¾ yds. white sarcenet, at 3s. 10d. 4 oz. silk fringe, at 14d. 4 doz. silk points, at 5d. 6 pasteboards, at 4d., for the "turffs" of the lords bonnets. 23 yds. broad Peniston black, at 20d., for lining the great coats and bonnets. Of John Fullwode at the Blake Boy, 3 yds. great frieze, 3½ yds. To the tailor, 5l. 16s.
Spent and wasted, one red sarcenet hood and all the girdles. The remainder is in the King's store.
12 Feb.—On the 1st Feb. 11 Hen. VIII., at Greenwich, in the presence of the King and Queen in her chamber, there entered four gentlemen in blue satin, with meskelyn, and with them a "tryke wagon" or "spell wagon," and therein a lady. On the pillars of the wagon were "four head pieces of armytts, with certain devices, and there challenged for to run certain courses, appointing of persons no sum, but to answer all that would come." The King, intending to answer the challenge, ordered the following apparel: saddle, trapper, base, &c. of russet velvet, lozenged with cloth of silver of damask, and every lozenge wrapped about with cloth of gold of damask; in every lozenge a branch of eglantine embroidered in damask gold. The four gentlemen waiters to be apparelled in russet and white damask, bound with yellow; two honest persons of the Stable in russet and white sarcenet, bound with yellow; four master armourers in white and yellow sarcenet, and Geo. Lovekyn, clerk of the Stable, in russet and white damask. The joust was held on Feb. 12. Received from Raufe Worsley and John Portt, 13 yds. cloth of silver, 13¾ yds. russet velvet, 12½ yds. cloth of gold. Bought of Wm. Botre, 39 yds. white russet and yellow damask, at 7s.; 26 yds. of russet, white and yellow sarcenet, at 4s., for long coats, with sleeves, for Harry Webb and Dawson, girdles, &c. Of Eliz. Philip, 36 yds. riband, yellow, russet and white, at 6d., for the King's trapper, wrapping his horse's tail and stays, &c. 3 doz. yellow, white and russet points, 12d. 20 yds. black buckram, at 4d. To the tailor, 37s. 4d. 5 oz. fringe and 2 oz. gold, 13s. 4d.
On 19 Feb. the King answered the challenge of Sir Ric. Jerningham, Mr. Ant. Brown, Sir Giles Capel, and Mr. Norris, in garments from his store. Spent in addition: 2 yds. sarcenet for girdles, 8s.; riband for the horse's tail and stays, 26 yds., at 12d.; 2 doz. silk points, 16d.
Pp. 20, mutilated.
R. O. 2. Draft of the above, chiefly in Gibson's hand. Pp. 22.
8 June.
R. O.
On Sunday, 13 May 12 Hen. VIII., at Greenwich, the King proclaimed a joust to be held at Gynes, in June, for which a tree, called in English a whitethorn, in French an "albypene," was to be prepared and mixed with a "framboseyr." This was ready by June 3, and the following articles were bought by Gibson for its construction: Of Wm. Bottre, mercer, 103 yds. green satin at 7[s... a yd.], 318¾ yds. green damask at 7s. 6d., 108 yds. sarcenet at 4s. 4d., used for the boughs of the tree. 262 dozen hawthorn flowers and buds of silk, wrought by Marg. Davy and others, at 6½d. a doz. The framboser contained 13 spars 40 ft. long, and 15 smaller ones, "to fill the plant of the carriage" on which it stood. 84 yds. green damask, 38 yds. green satin, and 45 green sarcenet were used for the leaves, &c.
The mountain or carriage on which the trees stood was on the ground 20 ft. sq., railed about, and "hellyd" with 110 yds. of green damask ... yds. of the same were used for the stairs, base bars and counter bars, and ... green satin for "hellyng" the nail on which 14 royal shields hung. 150 doz. flowers for the framboser, at 4d. a doz. 2,400 cherries of crimson satin. 2,000 flowers of white satin. To Mrs. Eliz. Philip, 16 May, for 7 lb. sleeved silk, at 16s., for whipping wires, and setting on leaves and flowers. To a wiredrawer in Sopper Lane, London, 40 lb. fine latten wire, at 14d. To Mr. Ric. Miller, grocer, 12 reams of "yene" paper, at 3s., for laying in glue between the sarcenets, and for laying between the bards, bases, &c. for the meskellers and lists. 60 lb. of horn glue at 3d. 24 May, in Calais, to John Marshe, for a truncheon of a mast of fir, 24 ft. long by 13 in. "over," 2s. 4d.; 2 wagon loads of birch boughs, felled in the forest of Gynys, 3s. a load. 28 May, of Conrad the cooper, 21 ash hoops at 1d. each, "for spellsyng the framboser, for there is no birch that might bear length and strength that they did bear, but by craft of spellsyng;" 5 ells sarplar canvas of the King's store for glucing boughs. 29 May, to Allyn, painter, 8 lb. verdigris, at 12d.; hire of a moller stone to grind it on, 4d. "The body of this royal albypen or whitethorn was 22 ft. long, wrapped in cloth of gold; the 13 principal frambosers were also wrapped in fine green cloth of gold, the length of every framboser 21 ft. long; also the root of the trees wrapped after king in cloth of gold." Wages of 35 workmen (named), at 6d. and 8d. a day, 12l. 16s. 8 June, wagon hire to the camp from Calais, 9s.
The trees and cloth of gold given by the King as fees to the "haw ... "
Pp. 9, mutilated.
24 June.
R. O.
Gibson's accounts of Meskellers at Arde and Calais, [June] 12 Hen. VIII.
Received of Jas. Worsley 79½ yds. crimson velvet for 10 revellers' cloaks and doublets, with plackets and wide sleeves. 39 yds. yellow tinsel satin for the lining of sleeves and cloaks, and delivered to the earl of Devonshire, Carew and Bryan, for their hose. This meskeller was 10 persons in doublets guarded with gold, cloaks and hats guarded with gold and silver of damask, hosen and shoes of cloth of gold, purses and girdles of seal skin; their horses trapped with white and yellow damask. The second was 10 persons in gowns broidered with gold, bonnets, hats, tippets, purses and girdles, of the ancient fashion, the horses trapped in white and yellow damask; received 254¾ yds. blue satin for the long gowns and mantles. The third was 10 princely gowns of cloth of gold and black tinsel, knit with cordells of white silk, and lined with green sarcenet, "showing with the paylls of the rich cloth," bonnets drawn with cloth of gold, hoods of tinsel, visers "berded" with fine gold, and the horses trapped as before, for which 73 yards of black tinsel satin were used. The fourth meskeller was three persons in gowns "palle" with blue tinsel and purple gold camlet, with bonnets, hoods and buskins of green damask, the horses trapped in white and yellow velvet; for which received, 7 May, 29½ yds. blue tinsel satin; 28½ yds.½ qr. of russet tinsel for the third maskeller; 19 yds. crimson tinsel, 15 yds. green tinsel, for sleeves for ladies' garments of the first suit; 142 yds. silver cloth of damask, for 10 ladies' garments, 3 Turkey bonnets, &c.; 100½ yds. Venice cloth of tissue for ladies' garments, and half coats lozenged with crimson satin; 104½ yds.½ qr. gold cloth of damask, for the "pews" of the lion, buskins, &c., 10 ladies' gowns diapered with crimson satin, &c.; 399¾ yds. crimson satin for long gowns, bonnets, &c.; 10 yds. yellow gold camlet, 61 yds. green gold camlet, 64 yds. crimson gold camlet, 30 yds. 1½ qr. purple gold camlet, for gowns, hoods, stomachers, ... [for] lady Dawbenay, lady Tyllney ... 34 yds. russet gold camlet, 96½ yds. yellow velvet, for 10 pr. of hose for ... Norres, Nic. Carew, Thos. Knevett ... Bryan, Carre, Lord Leonard ... and for horse trappers for the King and his company, 24 June; 53 yds. 3½ qr. black velvet; 120 yds. white satin; 110 yds. Venice cloth of gold satin; 78¾ yds. yellow damask, used ... to ride to Arde the 17th [June]; russet and yellow sarcenet for gi[rdles] ... Emperor the 11th day, &c.
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15 July.
R. O.
* * * "[For the] inparell of four noble horsemen to wait ... [Sir] Harry Gyllforthe, master of the horse, Sir John Peche, ... [Sir] Edw. Gyllforthe, marshal of Calais, Mons. [Morette, a genty]llman of the French court," 13 yds. cloth of gold; for their horse harness, 6 yds.; for the bard with the dragon, lozenged with gold, silver and velvet, 3¾ yds.; 7 bases for lords challengers, 70 yds. For a trapper lozenged of the "boull," for rolling the King's chains, for seven bases and trappers of the clouds, for a saddle and harness for the French King's mother, "for the covert of brooms," &c.; total, 435¾ yds. 1 nail. Remaining with Gibson 52 yds., whereof used 2 March 13 Hen. VIII., 21 yds.
Received from Jas. Worsley, 365½ yds. cloth of silver of damask. Used for half coats and harness for the master of the horse, Sir Edw. Gyllforthe, Sir John Peche and Mons. Mourret, and for half coats for Sir Ralph Agerton, Sir Ant. Poyns, Sir Edw. Walsingham, Sir Giles Strangwhyche, Sir Thos. Lynd, and Sir John Nevell, knights, waiters on foot; for bards embroidered with a lion, a dragon, a greyhound, a white hart, a black bull, a falcon and fetterlock; the bard and base of the "baesselles" for the King; bards embroidered with eglantines, a hand, trueloves and H and K, trappers &c.; given to the King's tailor for lack of the King's store at Calais, against the Emperor's coming, for a mule's harness made by Wm. Mortimer; total 317½ yds.½q. Of the remainder part used at a tourney held 11 and 12 Feb. 12 Hen. VIII., and part given to lady Eliz. Carre. 30½ yds. russet velvet "pyrlled" for the King's bard of the mountayns; half a trapper of "browde ownde," broidered with white roses; a bard, "brod ownde" and broidered with the falcon and ostrich feather, &c. 36 yds. cloth of gold of tissue for half a base and trapper for the King, and given in "wrought owndyes" to Nic. Mageor, for saddle and harness, 12 May 12 Hen. VIII. 63¾ yds. Venice cloth of gold of tissue for half bards and bases, to match with the embroidered mountains, for half a trapper to match with roses, pomegranates and fleurs de lys. 34½ yds. satin cloth of gold, used for 12 framboysers, 21 ft. long, as reported in the book of the trees, and for closing the root of the trees together. 108 yds. white velvet, and 56 yds. 1½q., bought of Nic. Slynge, merchant of St. Omer's, at 10s. 4d. a yd., given to Geo. Louffkyn, clerk of the Stable, used for half coats for Morres Apar, Harry Page, Geo. Louffkyn, Nic. Mageor, Thos. Foster, Wm. Mortimer, and Ric. Gibson, and given to gentlemen of the duke of Suffolk and the lord Marquis. 885 yds. russet velvet, for apparel of knights on horse and foot, for the serjeant of the Cellar, Edm. Knevet, Wm. Knevett, Mr. Foster, Ryngelay, Skydmore, Fras. Poyns, Roussell, Trander, Gygby (Digby), Harry Webe, Parkar, Mr. Garter, Clarencieux and Norroy or Wensor, for embroidered bards and bases, &c. 72 yds. yellow velvet, 109½ yds. russet satin, for apparel as above, and for the servants riders of the Stable, Frances, Ambrose, Antony, Ogle, and Daell. 109½ yds. 3 n. russet satin, for coats for 12 waiters on the duke of Suffolk and the Marquis, 20 yeomen attending on Sir Ric. Jerningham, Sir Wm. Kyngston, Sir Giles Capell, Sir Nic. Carew, and Mr. Knevett, the serjeant ferror, King's spearmaker, the yeoman ferror and yeoman saddler, and Robard the Devil; jackets for 24 armourers, a coat for Assamus, &c. 49½ yds. yellow satin, for a coat for Assamus the armourer, lining headpieces, tassys, gauntlets, &c. 72¼ yds. yellow damask, for yeomen of the Stable, &c. 368¼ yds. Venice cloth of silver, for Edm. and Wm. Knevett, Garter, Clarencieux, Lancaster and others, bases, trappers and bards for the seven challengers, with eglantines, clouds and hands. 150 yds. white damask for the riders of the Stable, Suffolk's and the Marquis's attendants, Robert the Devil, Mr. Crochet, the surveyor of the Stable, &c. 124 yds. russet and yellow sarcenet for girdles. 18 yds. white sarcecet for lining the King's bases, of ownds, eglantines and clouds. 8 ells linen cloth of Holland, "for quilting to match under the yellow satin that lined the King's pieces of harness." 56 pieces black "bockerham." Received of Geo. Senesko, 2,608 oz. flat gold and silver of damask, employed on bases, trappers, saddles, &c., by John Demolens and Thos. Foster. 1,137½ oz. Venice gold, at 4s. 4d. an oz., bought of Eliz. Philip, silkwoman, used for cordells, &c. on this side the sea and beyond the sea. 211 oz. silk fringe, russet and white, at 14d. 11 pieces of Paris ribbon, 40 yds. each, at 4s. a piece. 6 gross of silk points, at 6s. One gross of spendable points, at 5s. 2 gross of "ronde" points, at 8s. 9 yds. scarlet, at 6s., for hose for the King's footmen. 45 yds. kersey, white, yellow and marble color, at 2s., for 24 prs. of quartered hose for armourers. To John Northrop, haberdasher, 62 bonnets, at 2s. 8d., for 2 master armourers, 24 armourers, 8 gentlemen of the duke of Suffolk, 6 servants for the Marquis, 20 waiters for the knights, the ferrour and the saddler. To the tailor, for making the bards, trappers, &c. mentioned above, 8s. to 10s. a piece. For 13lb. of wool for stuffing the King's headpieces and mantlets, at 5d. To Philip Sewaker, for three short standard chests, 9l.; and one long one, 6l. To John Selbe, for freight of the Clement with the King's stuff, 5l., &c.
With this stuff were apparelled the King and the seven knights challengers on his side, and the garments were used several times at Guisnes. The jousts were held from Monday 11 June to 22 June. Clouds: 8 base coats and trappers used the 11th and 12th. Two half garments rent from Sir Ric. Jerningham and Sir Giles Capel. Eglantines: eight bases and trappers, used the 13th and 14th. Lost: half the Marquis's trapper; Sir Wm. Kingston's, Suffolk's and Jerningham's bases. Oundes: eight trappers and bases used the 15th and 19th June. Half Antony Knevet's base was lost, and pearls and gold from the cypher side of the King's trapper. Bassylls: eight bards and bases of cloth of silver set with gold bassylls, worn the 20th June, at the tourney in the rain. The branches were all pulled off by Frenchmen, and worn in the English and French courts. Mountains: eight bards and bases worn Thursday, 21 June, and "sore worn in the hurtling of horses." Damask cloth of gold: eight bards and bases, given to the French king by Assamus, the King's armourer. Given by the King: the apparel of the 4 knights of the Body on horseback, 6 on foot, 12 squires, 4 officers hawr[alds], 12 officers, 26 armourers, 24 waiting men, and 5 men of the Stable. The King, at his departure from Calais on Sunday, 15 July 12 Hen. VIII., ordered Gibson to keep the remainder for future use.
On the back of the last page.—"Sir Rauf Egerton, Sir Antony Poyns, Sir Edw. Walsyngham, Sir Giles Strangwyche, Sir Thos. Lynd, Sir John Nevell. Knights on horseback: Sir Harry Gyllforthe, Sir John Pecche, Sir Edw. Gyllforthe, Mons. Moorret.—Morres Parre, Harry Paghe, Geo. Loufkyn, Nic. Majeor, Thos. Foster, Wm. Mortymer, Ric. Gibson. Two gentlemen for the Duke, and one for the Marquis.
Draft, with Gibson's corrections and additions; pp. 32; 2½ pages lost at the commencement.
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12 Feb. R. O.
A Maskellar held at Greenwich, 3 Nov. 12 Hen. VIII. Six noble persons in friars' habits of russet damask, and six persons in garments of the King's store. * * *
Revels held at Christmas 12 Hen. VIII., at Greenwich, 9 Dec.—For making six mariners' frocks and hoods of the friars' habits, russet damask, 6s. Six pair of russet cotton slops, 9s. Three doz. silk points, 15d.
Revels held 4 (fn. 4) Jan. 12 Hen. VIII.—For making eight reysters' coats of cloth of gold and tinsel satin, gored and paned, the body and sleeves of gold camlet, tufted with white sarcenet, 53s. 4d.; they were made from seven gowns of estate from the meskeller at Arde. Eight white hats bought of John Northrope, at 2s. 8d., and worn by the King and Lords; one was lost in the Queen's chamber by the carl of Devonshire. Total cost, 25l. 3s. 4d.
Revels held 3 Jan. 12 Hen. VIII.—At the manor of Yorke, in the place of my lord Cardinal, eight garments of crimson velvet and cloth of gold, made of seven cloaks and eight doublets used at the maskeller at Arde, 17 June 12 Hen. VIII., and of seven half coats of the maskeller before the Emperor at Calais. The eight gowns were made of three blue and purple tinsel gowns of the King's store, two russet tinsel gowns, and six mantles of crimson gold camlet. The capes and hoods were made of the linings of sleeves and cloaks. Costs, 9l. 15s. 4d.
Jousts and revels held 11 and 12 Feb. 12 Hen. VIII.—Received of Geo. Loufkyn, clerk of the Stable, 36 yards white velvet; and taken of the remains of the jousts at Guisnes, 36 yards cloth of silver, used for bases and bards for the King and the earl of Devonshire, and covering for a saddle, headstall, &c. for the King. Bought of Bottre and Warren, 84 yards white satin, 31l. 2s. 4d. 28 yards white woollen broad cloth, at 6s., for bards and bases for lord Muntegew, Sir John Nevyll, Sir Rauf Elderker, Coffyn, Antony Knevett, and Parker. 50 yards white damask, at 7s. 4d., for long coats for Russell, Digby, Harry Webe, and Ric. Gibson, and garments for four armourers. 16½ yards white sarcenet, at 4s., for girdles and "hyllyng" of scabbards for the King and earl of Devonshire. Bends for Sir Wm. Kingston, Sir Edw. Gyllforthe, and Sir John Peche; and girdles for six gentlemen runners, four waiters on foot, and four armourers. Two yds. yellow satin, at 7s. 4d., for lining two headpieces, two pair of tasses, a pasgard, and two mayndfers. 63¾ oz. points and fringes of Venice silver, at 4s. 4d.; for weaving it, 31s. 10½d. To Geo. Hobson, 40 yds. white cotton for lining bases, at 7½d. For making the two bards covered with cloth of silver and white velvet, in small lozenges, quartered and travassed, double bended in every bard, above 2,000 pieces, 3l. For the bases, 3l. Bards and bases for the six gentlemen, 16l., &c. Six yards white kersey for hose for the armourers, 12s. Total cost, 108l. 14s. 3d. All the apparel of the persons mentioned above, and the four armourers, given to them. The King's bard, base and horse harness remains.
Meskeller on Shroffe Monday, 11 Feb., at Greenwich, in the place of pleasure at a banquet. "For translating and making eight gowns, which were brought into fashion of six friars' habits, and eight gowns of blue satin of the maskeller of Guisnes," 40s. One yard blue sarcenet, 4s.
Maskeller on Shroffe Tuesday, 12 Feb., at Greenwich. For making eight coats and hoods out of five ladies' garments and six jackets of the disguising held 7 Oct. 10 Hen. VIII., 53s. 4d. For making eight blue satin mantles, broidered with cyphers, which had been used at Guisnes, 32s. Eight blue hats, 18s. 8d. Boat hire, 10s. Total, 17l. 10s. 1d.
Total of the six maskellers and the joust and turneys, from 3 Nov. to 12 Feb. 12 Hen. VIII., 167l. 15s. 5d.
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R. O. 2. Copy of the above. Mutilated, pp. 15.
4 March. R. O.
Richard Gibson's accounts for Revels held 29 Dec. and 1 Jan. 13 Hen. VIII.
24 yds. black cotton, at 7d. a yard, for lining eight maskeler coats. "Making and translating" eight gowns and hoods, 8d. each. 16 coats and hoods translated from women's garments of the disguising of the 7th and 5th year, at 2s. Carriage, &c., 4s. Nine doz. silk points, at 4d. a doz. Bought by Gibson, 7 "tapets of verdes, wrought tapessary," containing 206¾ "Flemish sticks," at 16d.; 16 yds. of cloth of silver, and 13 yds. of russet velvet, for a sparver for the King; 30 yds. russet sarsnet, at 4s., for the mantle of the sparver. Bought of Eliz. Phelip, 2 lb. 2 oz. silk, at 16d. an oz.; black buckram for lining the sparver, 2 pieces, at 7s. 6d. Of Wm. Botre, mercer, 5 yards crimson satin, at 9s.; 3 ells of Holland cloth, at 10d.; 4 lb. fine carded wool, at 6d., for lining 3 headpieces, 3 collars, 2 pasguards, 1 maindefer and 3 gauntlets, 10s.
Accounts of the preparations for jousts of pleasure held 2 March 13 Hen. VIII.—Bought of John Cumpage, 18 yds. cloth of silver of damask, at 43s. 4d., for covering the King's bard and base; 36 yds. white velvet, at 11s. 8d., for bards and bases for the earl of Devonshire and lord Roos; 25 yds. white damask, at 8s., for covering bard, basecoat, &c., for the master of the Horse. Of John Gun, in Watling Street, 22 yds. of "kooksaell whyght," at 5s., for covering bards and bases for Mr. Anth. Knevet, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Darrell and Mr. Brown, and for lining the King's coat; 18½ yds. yellow satin, at 8s., for bordering the 4 gentlemen's bards and bases; 3 yds. crimson satin, at 9s., for lining a headpiece, a pasguard, a main de fer and 2 gauntlets; 1 yd. white sarsnet, for girdles, 3s. 4d.; 3½ yds. blue satin, at 8s., for embroidering fetters or shackles on the apparel of Sir Nic. Kerrew, master of the King's Horse;½ yd. black velvet, 6s., for letters on the bards and bases; 2 ells of linen cloth, at 12d., for lining under the satin of the King's pieces; 6 pieces of black buckram, at 5s., used by Mortimer, the embroiderer, for straining 6 bards and base [coats; 2 lb. of carded wool, 8d., for quilting the lining of the King's pieces; 47 oz. white silk fringe, at 14d., for embroidering 6 bards and brunts; 60 oz. of silk lace, at 14d., for points for the covering of the bards, 6 doz. to each. Bought of Jan Sterre, 6 oz. silk fringe, at 4s. 6d., for the King's bard and brunt. From Eliz. Warcop, 18¾ oz. of tassel fringe, at 14d., for the harness and the saddle of the master of the Horse. From the King's store, 21 yds. cloth of gold of damask, for the King's bard and base, and the apparel of the master of the Horse and the earl of Devonshire.
"Ell moun kewr a naverray (Elle mon cœur a navré) was in browdyrd with golld." To Wm. Mortimer, embroiderer, for embroidering the King's bard and base and those of the earl of Devenshire, lord Ros, Knevet, Darrell, Kingston and Browne, with "ells" and hearts, 20l. 6s. 8d. To the tailor, 5l. 2s. To Nicolas Mageor, saddler, covering a steel saddle, 6s 8d.; covering and making a harness, 8s.; 2 double fashioned girths, 3s. 4d.; 2 arming surcingles, 3s. 4d.; 1 pair of arming stirrups, 2s.; a white girth, 12d.; 3 brown girths, 18d. Total, 26s. 1d. "This stuff delivered to the master of the Horse and clerk of the Stable." Carriage from Greenwich to London, 3s. 8d. To Tege of Paul's wharf, for "a great tilted boat with four oars," carrying stuff to Greenwich for a night and a day, 10s.
"Revels for lords," held 4 March 13 Hen. VIII., in the manor of York. The following preparations were made according to directions given to Gibson by "the hy kountrolleler Mr. Sir Harry Gyllforthe:" 6 yds. blue satin at 8s., 41 yds. yellow damask at 8s., for garnishing 8 mantles, with "rolls written with divers words and poyems, that is to wit, on every cloak 42 resuns;" 16 yds. blue velvet at 12s., for buskins; leather and soles, 32s. To the tailor, for making 8 coats of cloth of gold and tinsel, at 4s.; 8 cloaks mantled, and lined with vents, and set with 42 "resuns" each, at 13s. 4d. For writing 344 "resuns," at½d. each; size and "ynd bawdyas" (?) for the letters, 3s. Pots and tools, 3d. Paper for patterns, 5d. Boats to bring the stuff to Westminster to the Cardinal's place, and home again, 3s. 20 doz. hempen points called tresses, for knitting the bards, 3d. a doz.
Expenses of a pageant, for which was made a castle called "the Schatew vert."—Bought of Thos. Wyllyamson, 14 double quarters at 4d.; 6 single quarters, at 1½d.; 250 plank board, at 2s. 8d. the 100, "which timber, as quarters double, spent and employed on the boos of the pageant, whereon hung all the edifice; the board spent on the stairs in to the haut place set in the window, and spied from the james of the same, and also board and timber for place and standing of the minstrels with vials and other instruments." From an ironmonger at the "gret kondyght" (conduit), 500 fivepenny nails, at 4d. the 100; 700 fourpenny nails, at 3d.; 800 tacks, at 1d.; 500 sixpenny nails, at 5d. From Master Gardener, grocer, 17½ lb. 1 oz. verdigris, at 10d. a lb. From Thos. Bechop, 36 lb. Spanish white, at 1d.; 10 gallons of size, at 3d.; a bowl of pink, 16d.; a bowl of "flurray," 4d.; 5 gallons of vinegar at 3d., for tempering the verdigris; earthen pots and colour pans, 11d.; 8 qrs. of coals, at 4½d., for heating colours and drying the pageant; 3 gross of green tinfoil, at 3s., for the battlements; 1 quire of paper royal, 6d.; 2 reams of green paper, at 2s. 8d., for patterns of the "cryptors," for covering the castle, filling joints and "wynd schaks," &c.;½ bushel of wheat flour for paste, 12d.;½ lb. of bristles, 5d.;½ lb. crossbow thread, 5d.; 2 banners, 18s.
Wages of workmen, from 20 Feb. to 4 March, carpenters and painters 8d. and 6d., and laborers 5d. a day. A barge with 4 oars and a steersman, for 2 days and 2 nights, to carry the pageant, 13s. 4d. Hire of 5 cars from "the Kran in the Ventre" to the Prince's wardrobe, 10d. "The charges of the pageant, 8l. 0s. 2d." For the ladies' apparel, 16 garments from the King's store were translated. Bought from Wm. Botre, 24 yds. of fine yellow satin, at 8s., for making 192 "resuns" for the 8 ladies' garments; 8 cauls of Venice gold for the ladies' heads, 8s. each. These things remain with the French queen, the countess of Devonshire, Mistress Anne Boleyn, Mistress Karre, Mistress Parker, Mistress Browne, Mistress Danet and Mistress_. (fn. 5) 8 silk cauls of divers colours, at 2s. 8d.; 3 cauls "lost by the children of my Lord's chapel, by casting down out of the castle;" 5½ yds. black velvet, at 11s., for 4 bonnets which remain with the ladies; 1,000 velvet pins, 10d. To the woman's tailor, 3l. 4s. Pasteboard for the bonnets, 6s. 8d. Reparation of one lady's garment, 2s. Reparation and translating of 18 garments for the maskeller on Monday, 3 March, used by my Lord's gentlemen, 5s. Total, 20l. 16s. 4d. Total of this book, 28l. 16s. 6d.
Pp. 35, in Gibson's hand, much faded.


  • 1. Qu. mistake for 12. See below.
  • 2. The French hostages.
  • 3. "pyrlld" in Gibson's draft.
  • 4. "1st" in one copy; corrected to "4th" in the other.
  • 5. Blank in MS.