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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
page 436



• - mi moft courteoufly received him. Such adventure* as thefe happened often in France: on which ac-count, the barons and knights, as well as tbe ci-, ties and principal towfos, were always upon their guard. To fpeak truly, the king of Navarre had many friends intermixed in every part of France ; and^ if they'had not been difcovered, much worfe things would have been done, though in truth they did enough; • During this time, the duke of Normandy and his brothers refided at Faris. No merchants nor others dared to venture out of the town, to look after their concerns, or to take any journey ; for they were attacked and killed, whatever roads they took. The kingdom was lb full of the Navarrois, they were mailers of all the flat countries, the rivers, and the principal towns ' and cities. This caufed fuch a fcarcity of proviftorjs in France, that a fmall ' calk of herrings was fold for thirty golden crowns, • and every thing elfe in proportion. Many of the poor died with hunger. This famine lafted more than four years. The great towns, in particular, were much diftrefled for felt, which could only be had through the mittiftërt of the duke of Nor-mandy, who fold it at a very dear rate, in order to colleél more money to pay the foldiers. Ee3 CHAP.


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