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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
page 217



managed matters fo well with the leading men in place, and with the corporations, that they were more defirous their lord ihould marry a daughter ©«f the king of England, than the daughter of the duke of Brabant: they very affeélionately intreated their lord fo to do, and fupported it by many ftroog and good arguments, which would be too tedious to detail, here; infotnuch that thofe of the duke of Brabant's party could fay nothing to the contrary. The earl, however, would not confent to it, not-withftanding their fair fpeeches and arguments, but repeated his former declaration, that he would never marry the daughter of him^ho had killed his father, were he to have a moiety of the kingdom of England for her doyer. When-the Flemings heard this, they faid, their lord was too much of a Frenchman, and very ill advifed, and that he muft not expeéi any good from them, fince he would not liften to their councils. They arretted him, and confined him, though not a clofe prifoner, and told him, he fliould never have his liberty until he would pay attention to their ad-vice : they added, that if the late earl, his father, had not loved the French fo much, but bad lifiened to them, he would have been the greatëft prince in Chriitendom, and would have recovered Lifle, .Be-thune and Douay, and been aliye at this day. Whilft all this was paffing, the king of England fiill held on the liege of Calais. He kept his court there at Chriftmas in a royal and noble manner ; and in the enfuing Lent, the earl of Derby, the earl of Pembroke, the earl of Oxford, and many knights and 20é t '


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