The Monastery of St. PETER.31

The Monastery of St. PETER.

The Right Honourable Lady Katharine Knowles, chief Lady of the Queens Majestys Bed-Chamber, and Wife to Sir Francis Knowles, Kt. Treasurer of her Highnesss Houshold, departed this Life the 15th Day of January 1568, at Hampton-Court, and was honourably buried in the Floor of this Chapel. This Lady Knowles, and the Lord Hunsdon her Brother, were the Children of William Carey, Esq; and of the Lady Mary his Wife, one of the Daughters and Heirs of Thomas Bullen, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond; which Lady Mary was Sister to Anne Queen of England, Wife to King Henry the Eighth, Father and Mother to Elizabeth, Queen of England.

She lyeth also buried in the Floor of the same Chapel.

Quæ, Francisce, fuit tibi conjux en! Catharina,
Mortua sub gelido marmore, Knolle, jacet.
Excidet ex animo tibi mortua, sat scio, nunquam,
Viva tibi vivo semper amata fuit.
Illa tibi proles sex & bis quinque Marito
Protulit, æqualis fœmina masque fuit.
Hæc tecum multos utinam vixisset in annos,
Et tua nunc conjux facta fuisset anus:
Noluit at Deus, hoc voluit sed sponsa maritum
In Cœlis maneas, ô Katharina, tuum.

Here lyeth entombed the noble Frances Countess of Hertford, dear Spouse to the noble Edward Earl of Hertford, and Baron Beauchamp, Son of the renowned Prince Edward Duke of Somerset, Earl of Hertford, Vicount Beauchamp, and Baron Seymour. A Lady descended of right noble Lineage, being Daughter of the noble Lord William Baron Howard of Effingham, Companion of the most famous Order of the Garter, High Admiral to Queen Mary, and Lord Chamberlain of the Houshold, and Lord Privy Seal to Queen Elizabeth. Son was he to the right noble Prince Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and Earl of Surry, Earl Marshal of England, &c,

A goodly Monument is made where she is buried, in the Chapel of S. Benedict.

This Lady, highly renowned for her many virtuous Gifts and Graces both of Mind and Body, greatly favoured by her gracious Sovereign, and dearly beloved of her Lord, after long Sickness, in firm Faith in Christ, and constant Patience, departed this Life at 44 Years of Age, the 24th Day of May, Anno 1598, in the 40th Year of the most happy Reign of our most gracious Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth.

To whose Memory, the said Earl, (her loving Lord and Husband) much lamenting her Death, in Testification of his great Love towards her, and of his careful Diligence in this doleful Duty, doth consecrate this Monument.     
Foy Pour Devoir.Desir Na Repos.

Here lyeth the most honourable Lady Frances, sometime Countess of Sussex, Daughter to Sir William Sidney of Pensehurst, Knight, Wife and Widow to that most noble, most wise, and most martial Gent. Thomas Ratcliffe Earl of Sussex. A Woman, while she lived, adorned with many and most rare Gifts both of Mind and Body; towards God truly zealous and religious, to her Friends and Kinsfolks most liberal, to the poor Prisoners, to the Ministers of the Word of God always most charitable. By her last Will and Testament, she instituted a Divinity Lecture, to be read in this Collegiate Church. And by the same her Testament, gave also 5000 Pound towards the Building of a new College in the University of Cambridge, with sufficient yearly Revenue, for the continual Maintenance of one Master, ten Fellows, and twenty Scholars, either in the same College, or else in another House in the said University already builded, commonly called Clare Hall. She lived 58 Years, and died the ninth of March, and was buried the 15th Day of April 1589.

She lyeth in a goodly Tomb of Alabaster, and various Marbles polished, in the Chapel of S. Paul.

Misericordia & Charitate.

Beati mortui qui Domino moriuntur.
Omnia plena malis, fert Deus unus opem,
Veni, Domine Jesu, veni cito.
Pietate & Prudentia.

Fide Conjugali.

Henry Carey, Baron of Hunsdon, Lord Chamberlain of the Houshold to Queen Elizabeth, and allied to her in Blood, Lord Governor or Commander of the Town of Berwick, Knight of the Noble Order of the Garter, and one of her Majestys most Honourable Privy Council, died in Anno 1596.

He lyeth buried in the midst of St. John Baptist's Chapel, with a goodly Monument.

Sepulturæ familiæ de Hunsdon Consecratum.
In Domino hîc obdormit Henricus Carey, Baro de Hunsdon, villæ Berwici limitisque tam orientalis quàm medii versus Scotiam olim Præfectus: Pensionariorum Generosorum Capitaneus; Forestarum eis Trentam Justiciarius summus; Garteriani ordinis Eques Auratus; Domiæ Reginæ Camerarius; a sacris Consiliis, eidemque consobrinus. Una cum illo conditur Uxor charissima, filia Thomæ Morgan Equitis aurati, quæ plures illi liberos peperit, è quibus sunt superstites, Georgius, Johannes, Edmundus, Robertus, equites aurati: Catharina, Comitissa Nottinghamiæ, Philadelphe, Baronissa Scroope, & Margareta, Domina Hoby. Obiit 23 Julii 1596. Ætatis LXXI. Patri optimo Georgius Carey filius, Baro de Hunsdon, Ordinis Garterii Socius, Vectæ Insulæ Præfectus, Reginæ Elizabethæ Camerarius, & à sacris consiliis: Maritoque charissimo Anna Uxor, honoris & memoriæ ergô sibique & suis mortalitatis memores posuerunt.

In the South Ile;

Galfridus Chaucer, Poêta celeberrimus, qui primus Anglicam Poêsin ita illustravit, ut Anglicus Homerus habeatur. Obiit 1400. Anno vero 1555. Nicholaus Brigham, Musarum nomine hujus ossa transtulit, & illi novum tumulum ex marmore, his versibus inscriptis posuit:

He lyeth buried in the South Part of the Church.

Qui fuit Anglorum Vates ter maximus olim,
Galfridus Chaucer, conditur hoc tumulo.
Annum si quæras Domini, si tempora mortis;
Ecce notæ subsunt, quæ tibi cuncta notant.
25 Octobris, 1400.

Ærumnarum requies, Mors.

N.Brigham hos fecit Musarum nomine sumptus.
Si rogitas quis eram, forsan te fama docebit:
Quod si fama neget, mundi quia gloria transit,
Hæc Monumenta lege.

Chaucer was buried before St. Benets Chapel. And there was antiently a Copy of Latin Verses hung up upon a Pillar over against the Place where he was buried, made by an Italian, one of Milan, wherein he is commended for his Learning. Which Verses are printed at the End of Chaucers English Translation of Boethius, set forth by Caxton the old Printer]

Chaucer buried in S. Benet's Chapel, J. S.