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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.3

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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.3
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m otherwife ; and they made great offers, to bring the war to a conclufion ; but the king was very, hard to treat with : for his intention was, to be in fad king of France, although he had never been fo, to die with that rank, and alfo to put Brittany, Blois and Touraine in the fame fituation as thofe other provinces where he had garrifons. If his coufin the duke of Lancafter, whom he much loved and confided in, had not perfuaded him to give up fuch ideas, and advifed him to liften to the offers of peace, he neyer would haye come to any terms. He very wifely remonftrated with him, and faid ; * My lord, this war which you are carrying on iq. the kingdom of France is wonderful to ail men, and not too favorable to you. Your people are the only real gainers by it ; for you are wafting your time. Confidering every thing, if you perfift ir* continuing the war, it may laft you your life ; and it appears to me doubtful if you will ever fucceed to the extent of your wifhes. I would recommend therefore, whilft you have the power of clofing it honorably, to accept the propofals which have been offered to you ; for, my lord, we may lofe more in one day than we have gained in twenty years.* Thefe prudent and fenfible words, which the duke of Lancafter uttered loyally, and with the beft intentions, to advife the king of England to his good, converted the king to his opinion, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, who alfo worked to the fame effeft : for all accident befei him and all his army, who were then before Chartres, that much humbled him, and bent his courage. During 4*


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