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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
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Stl Denis, and lately made à cardinal, was prefented with the red hat, in prefettce of king John in hk palace, by the biihops of Laoa and of Paris. This had never been done before; but the pope had dire&ed it to be fo, by a bull addrefled to tbefe biihopa. In the following September, the French reco-vered the town of St. Jean d'Angely, of which the Englifh had kept poffeifion for five years. It was furrendered by the garrifon without iiriking a blow, and merely through want of provifious. In the month of Oëtober, the fraternity of the noble houfe of St. Ouen*, near Paris, was efta-blifhed by order of the king. All thofe who were of this order wore a ilar on their hoods, Tind too* ther on the front of their mantlesf. This year, there was the greateft fcarcity of pro-vifions all over the kingdom of France ever known in * St. Ouen is a fmall town in the ifle of France, diocefe and election of Paris. t Barnes fays, that on the 8 th September 1351, king John re-vived the almoft obfolete order of the Star, in imitation of the Garter; and the firft chapter of it was held at his palace of St. Ouen. At firft there were but eighteen knights; the reft were added at different chapters. They wore a bright ftar on the creft of their helmets, and one pendant at their necks; and the lame was embroidered on their immîlN. The day fixed for the annual celebration of this order was the r,jjiphany, and the ftar chofeu for the emblem. The eighteen firft knights were : Jtfhu king of France, fovereign. Philip duke of Orleans, his onlyjjrother. Charles 270


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