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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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CHAP. CLXXVL THE PROVOST OF THE MERCHANTS OF PARIS RILLS THREE KNIGHTS IN THE APARTMENT OF THE REGENT. ' J^URING the time that the three eftates go-* verned the kingdom, all forts of people united themfelves together, under the name of Free Com-panies : they made war upon every man that was worth robbing. I mull here inform you, that the nobles and prelates of the realm and church began to be weary of the government and regulations of the three eftates : they therefore permitted the provoft of the merchants at Paris to fummon fome of the citizens, becaufe they were going greater lengths than they approved of. It happened one day, when the regent of France was in his palace at Paris, with many knights, nobles. and prelate*, that the provoft of the mer-chants colle&ed alfo a great number of the common people of Paris who were devoted to him, all wear-, ing caps* fimilar to his own, that they might know each other ; and, attended by this crowd, the pro-voft uame to the palace. . He entered the apartment of. the d-uke, and de-manded of him, in an iniblent manner; to take the management of the kingdom of France, and to govern it wifely (fince it would become his by in- * Mi partie bleu. heritance), 383


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