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siderable payments are made to the same Gybson t in after years for the same purpose, particularly in the 11th, for the revells, called a Maskelyn.
In the 10th year large rewards were given to the gentlemen and children of the King's Chapel; the former having £13. 6s. 8d. for their good attend­ance in Xtemas; and " Mr. Cornisse for playing affore the king opon newyeres day at nyght with the children," £6. 13*. 4c?.
In the 17th year of this reign (1525) there was a great sickness and mortality in London, and the King therefore kept his Christmas quietly at Eltham, whence it was called the "still Christ­mas." This however did not satisfy the haughty Cardinal Wolsey, who " laye at the Manor of Richemond, and there kept open housholde, to lordes, ladies, and all other that would come, with plaies and disguisyng in most royall maner; whiche sore greued the people, and in especiall the kynges seruauntes, to se hym kepe an open Court, and the kyng a secret Court." *
The King made himself amends for this cessation by the festivities of subsequent years, and Green­wich was frequently resorted to during this season. In 1527 there was a "solemne Christmas" held there " with revels, maskes, disguisings, and ban­quets ; and the thirtieth of December, and third of January were solemne Justs holden, when at night the King and fifteen other with him, came to Bride-wel, and there putting on masking apparell, took his barge, and rowed to the Cardinalls (Woolsey) place, where were at supper many Lords and La-dyes, who danced with the maskers, and after the dancing was made a great Banquet."f
The lower classes still practising the ceremo-
* Hall's Chronicle, 17 Hen. VIII. t Baker's Chronicle, p. 393.

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