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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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hedge, that he might cool (and take breath. They difarmed him as gently as they could, in order to examine his wounds, drefs them, and few up the moft dangerous. . • . 1 King John, on his part, proved himfelf a good knight ; and, if the fourth of his people had be-haved as well, the day would have been his own. • Thofe, however, who had remained with him ac-quitted themfelves to the beft of their power, and were either flain or taken prifoners. Scarcely any who were with the king attempted to efcape., Among the flain, were the duke Peter de Bour-bon, the duke of Athens, conftable of France, the bilhop of Chalons* in Champagne, the lord Guif-card de Beaujeu, and the lord of Landas. The arcbprieft, fir Theobald de Bodenay and the lord of Pompadour, were made prifoners, badly • The bishop of Chalons. We fee, by the example of this prelate and of the archbiihop of Sens, who affiûed at the battle of Poitiers, that the cuftom, ariiing out of the feudal law, which obliged ecclefiaftics to perfonal fervice in the armies, fubfifted in many parts of France. The laws of the church condemned this practice, to which their temporal pofleffions. fubjugated the clergy. This contradiction in the form of our government with the fpirit of pur religion exifted until the practice was infenfibly abolifljed by different difpenfations, and exchanged for contributions of money and men." Francis I. by his edict of the 4th July 1541, regu-lated the claufes for their exemption. Since that period, the clergy have been exempted from fervice of ban and arrière ban, by different letters patent, and particularly by an edict of the 29th April 1636, under l^ewis XIII.—Villaret Hist, de France, vol. v. p. 104. : . ' wounded. S31


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