'The Tilting Challenge (1 June 1606)'
O yes, o yes, o yes.
To all ho[nest] men at armes and knightes aduenturers of hereditarie note & exemplarie noblenes that for moste maintenable actions, do either wielde sworde or Launce in the Gist of glorie, righte braue & Chivalrouse wheresoeu[er] through [th]e worlde We .4. knightes errant denominated of [th]e fortunat Island servantes of [th]e destinies, awakinge the sleepinge courages w[i]th martiall greetinges.
Knowe yow that o[u]r Sou[er]aigne La[dy] & M[aste]res mother of the falls & empresse of great atchieuem[en]tes: revoluinge of late the adamantine leaves of hir eternall volumes, and finding in them that the tryumphall times are nowe at hande wherein [th]e marveilous aduenture of [th]e Lucent piller should be revealed to the wond[e]r of times & men as Merlin secretorie to hir moste inwarde disseignes did longe sithens presage. Hath therefore most deepelie weighing w[i]th hir self howe necessarie it is that sounde opinions should p[re]pare [th]e waie to worthie Celebrac[i]on of so vnhard of misteries byn pleased to com[m]aunde vs hir voluntarie yet ever humble votaries to publishe & mainteine by all the allowed waies of knightlie arguing theis .4. vndisputable proposic[i]ons.
- That in the seruice of Ladies knightes haue no free will.
- That it is Bewty that maintaines the worlde in valo[u]r./
- That no faire Lady was euer false. 7v
- That none can be p[er]fectly wise but louers:
Against w[hi]ch or anie of them, if anie of yow shall dare to aunsw[e]r at point of Launce or Swordes in hono[ur] listes before rarest bewties & best iudgm[en]tes Then knowe ye that we the .4. assured Cham/pions shall by the high sufferance of heaven, & vertue of o[u]r Knightlie valo[u]rs be readie in the vale of My refleure, constantlie to aunsw[e]r & make p[er]fecte o[u]r imposed vndertakinge, against all suche of yow as shall w[i]thin .40. daies aft[e]r the first intimac[i]on of this o[u]r vniuersall challenge arryve, to attend [th]e glorious issue of the famous aduentures of the Lucent piller. In the w[hi]ch the prises are reserued & ordeyned by the fate of o[u]r Countrye to Crowne the .3. seu[er]all succeedinge daies of Triumphe. The firste at Tylte, the second at Turney, the thirde at Barryers./
There is a lot more data we could probably pull from the Wiggins/Richardson entry above, and which may help write a blurb.
Creation date: 1 June 1606
- British Library, Additional MS 34218, f. 183v
- British Library, Additional MS 38139, f. 266v
- British Library, Harley MS 4888, f. 256x
- The National Archives, SP 14/22, /1–2
Seventeenth Century Print Exemplars
Modern Print Exemplars
- British Drama, 1533-1642: 1603-1608 (Oxford), vol. 5, pp. 301–303