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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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counts and counfellors in former times to the king, that they might give a juft account of what fums through their advice had been levied and raifed in the kingdom. When all thefe perfonages heard of this,, they quitted the realm as fpeedily as pofllble, and took refuge in other kingdoms until the face of affairs {hould be changed. • CHAP. CLXVIII. , THE THREE ESTATES SEND MEN AT ARMS AGAINST SIR GODFREY DE UAROOURT. 'J'HE three eftates, after this, eftabliûied and ap-pointed, in their names, receivers to colleâ whatever taxes might be due to the king, or to the realm. They coined money of fine gold, which was called Moutons* : and they would with plea-fure have feen the king of Navarre delivered from * The gold coin called Moutons had the impreflïon of the Agnus Dei, which the vulgar miftook for a fheep : hence it got the ridicu-lousiiame of Moutons. This coin was originally of the value of twelve lois iîx deniers fine filver, Annals of Scotland, vol. ii. note, p. 231. Le mouton d'or was a coin on which was imprelTed the figure of a Iamb, with this infeription: • Agnus Dei, qui •uHit piccata mundi, miferere nobis;' and on the reverfe a croK v. I ii tbcfe words, 4 Chriflus vincit, Chrifius régnât, Chriftos îlDplTttl.* There were fifty-two of thefe pieces in a marc of fine gold. Du ÇANGE, Gloss, ad verb. Muitones. bis 360


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