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a number of spears. In the middle stood a golden castle, before the gate of which was a gentleman, gaily dressed, wreathing a garland of roses for the prize. This pageant appeared to be drawn by a lion and an antelope. The lion was covered with damask gold, and the antelope wrought all over with silver damask, his tusks and horns gilt.
"These animals were led by men, attired so as to represent wild men, or, as they were styled, ' woodhouses:' their heads, faces, hands, legs, and whole body being covered with green flossed silk. On either side of the Hon and unicorn, sat a lady in splendid attire; whilst the beasts were tied to the car with huge golden chains. When the pageant rested before the queen, the foresters blew their horns, and the device opening, disclosed four knights completely armed, bearing magnificent plumes on their heads, and spears in their hands; the housing of their horses, on which were embroidered their names, being composed of gold. To combat with these, a swell of trumpets and drums announced on the field the entrance of the earl of Essex and the lord Thomas Howard, with their friends, and a gallant train, well armed; the trappings and bases of their horses being composed of crimson satin, embroidered
with branches of pomegranates of gold and posies. After the usual display of feats of address and skill, the jousts, for that day, were closed.
On the morrow, after dinner, they were rerenewed, with this difference in their attire, that the noblemen and their hordes wore cloth of gold and russet tinsel: the knights, cloth of gold and russet velvet: the gentlemen on foot, russet satin and yellow; and the yeomen, russet damask and yellow; all of them garnished with scarlet hose and yellow caps.
"The entrance of the king, under a pavilion of cloth of gold and purple velvet, sumptuously embroidered, with a superb plume glittering with spangles of gold, and his three aids or supporters, each under a pavilion of crimson and purple damask, studded with their sovereign's initials in gold, gave an additional splendour to this day's entertainments.
"Gentlemen and yeomen, to the number of one hundred and sixty-eight, attired in their peculiar colours, and twelve children on horseback, each differing from the other, but all richly dressed, were ranked on this side of the lists. The opposite party were preceded by Sir Charles Brandon, habited as a recluse, in a long robe of russet satin, and unattended by music, bearing a petition to the queen, to licence him to run in her presence. Assent was, of course, granted; when he was instantly armed cap-a-pie *, and, crossing the tilt-yard at full gallop, was received by a company in russet satin, who awaited him.
"Alone came young Henry Guildford; himself and horse clad in his squire's robe of russet cloth of gold, and cloth of silver, closed in a device or pageant, made like a castle or a turret, wrought of russet Florence satin sarcenet, set out in gold, with his word or posie. He also demanded leave of the queen to run; which being granted, he took his place at the tilt end. A number of his servants, dressed in his colours, russet, satin, and white, with hose of like colour, then made their appearance, and followed their master.
"The marquis of Dorset, and Sir Thomas Bullen, clothed as pilgrims, from St. James's, in tabards of black velvet, with palmers' hats on their helmets, and with long Jacob's staves in their hands, followed. Their horses' trappings were of black velvet; and these, together with their own dresses, were strewed with scallop
* Cap-a-pie, from head to foot.