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    [Edward III - Law Year Book] De Termino Hillarii Anno xvij. Edwardi tertij. [London:] [Richard Tottell,] [1584?] Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. Folio. A-U4. 80ff=160pp. [A1&4,G2&3in duplicate] Modern imitation black morocco over cloth boards, old signature on first A1 (chipped at edge of first A1). Historiated initials, black letter. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Edward III, King of England (1312-1377). This volume is a collection of cases in the 17th year of Edward's reign 1343-4. Edward fought in France and in 1340 won a great sea battle at Sluys. "All England was filled with the spoils of Edward's expedition, so that there was not a woman who did not wear some ornament, or have in her house fine linen or some goblet, part of the booty the king sent home from Caen or brought back from Calais (Walsingham, i. 272). Flushed with triumph Edward and his courtiers gave themselves up to extravagance and pleasure. During the three months after his return splendid tournaments were held at Bury, at Eltham, where 'garters' were worn by twelve of the knights, and at Windsor (Nicolas, Orders of Knighthood, i. 11 sq.). Much license prevailed at some of the meetings of this sort, which were attended by many ladies of loose life and bold manners, greatly to the scandal of the nation (Knighton, c. 2597). The king freely indulged his love for fine dress and the trappings of chivalry. On St. George's day, 23 April 1349, he carried out the plan for an order of knighthood formed in 1344 by the institution of the order of the Garter; the ceremonies and festivities were magnificent. Edward himself bore a 'white swan, gorged or,' with the vaunting motto, 'Hay, hay, the wythe swan: By God's soul I am thy man.'  Another of his mottoes was, 'It is as it is.' The origin of the 'Garter' and of the motto of the order is unknown. The story that connects them with the Countess of Salisbury is worthless, and is first found in 'Polydore Vergil,' p. 485 (ed. 1651). In connection with the foundation of the order, Edward rebuilt the chapel of Windsor and dedicated it to St. George, and refounded the college (Ashmole, p. 178)."[DNB]    STC 9557. ESTC s112018. Beale R6.  Sweet & Maxwell 312:15.

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