ABSTRACT

About the time of Anne Mowbray’s funeral, Edward went to Southampton and Winchester to make a stay of some length, which may have been occasioned by local disturbances in that neighbourhood. 1 Then he returned to Windsor to keep “a royal Christmas” and to distribute his usual “ year’s gifts,” which consisted on this occasion of a cup of gold, a cross of gold set with diamonds, four rings with “tables” of diamonds, “a square salt with a covering,” a pair of large gilt flagons, more than a dozen gilt bowls, two large pots, and twenty-three standing cups. 2 Almost before the Christmas festivities were over, however, he was obliged to turn his attention to very serious matters, as embassies from Burgundy and France arrived almost simultaneously and the uncomfortable problem of how he was to satisfy Maximilian and yet avoid a rupture with Louis confronted him once more.