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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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of this fufpicion, to declare war againft the king- ' dom of France. He fent his challenge to the duke of Normandy, to the Parifians, and to the whole realm of France. * The duke of Normandy, who had fent a Sufficiency of mem at arms to Paris, to defend and reinforce it againft the EnglMh and Navarrois, who were in the neighbourhood continually hara fling it, fet out from M eaux, where lie then refided, and came with Speed to Paris, attended by a noble and numerous efcort of men at arms. He was received by the gopd town of Paris, and by all perfons with great joy, when lie difmounted at the Louvre. John Maillart was at that time near his perfon, and much in his grace and favor ; and, to fay the truth, he was then very deierving of it, as you have heard related above, notwlth-flanding he had been formerly, as it was faid, one of the allies of the provoft -of the merchants. Shortly afterward, the duke fent for the ducheft of Nor-mandy his wife, and all the ladies who had for fome time taken refuge at Meaux in Brie. When they came to Paris, the duciief* alighted at the hôtel of the duke, which had been the hôiel de St. Pol, whither he had retired, and where he had remained for a considerable time/ M. Dacier then adds : ''This is the hew reading I announced, and which appears to me far preferable to the common one, becaufe it unites the dou-% ble advantage of coming from the moft authentic manuScripts we know, and of agreeing much better than the printed copies, as well with the contemporary hiftorians, as with the other monu-ments of the times, to which it may Serve both as a commentary and Supplement/ I fhall refer the reader, for further proofs that John Maillart was not the hero who Saved Paris, to the memoir of M. Dacier, in the xliiid vol. of the Memoirs of the Academy of Inscrip-tions, &c, . • He 409 -


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