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were met, both Catholics and Protestants, news was brought that the
monks of the Hospital were prepared to resist by force the burial of the
body, and that the Dean with a lot of bad characters was about the town
for the same purpose. Accordingly it was agreed to make a formal complaint
the next day, and that the widow should have the body taken to Fielz, an
estate of which she is part- owner, to be there buried. And so the party
went away leaving only two women in the house. But the Dean and the mob,
being disappointed by this decision, about midnight broke into the house,
dragged the corpse into the market place up to the pillory, broke open the
coffin, wounded the body with pointed sticks, put cards in one hand and
dice in the other, and were about to put the body into the pillory if they
had not been prevented from doing so by some disapprovers.

They then took to insulting the body, threatening to throw it into the river
with a paper on its back that this was Hugenot on his way to England, and
abusing it in other ways. In the morning the police and the Echevins came,
most ofwhom had been violent partisans of the League; and, to show how
little they cared for such matters, they had the body taken up by some
peasants, and buried without more ado in a dunghill, and did not even allow
it to be first placed in the coffin. And then they went back to the widow
and demanded payment for their trouble, threatening her that otherwise
they would dig up the body, and throw it to the dogs to eat. And they even
contrived that no justice should be had, without appealing to the King.

Sir Robert Cecil Papers Vol 7 - Hatfield House (http://www.british-

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