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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
page 225



fînce the wars in Brittany and thofe with the king of NaVarre were now put an end to. Thefe com-panies having been brought up to arms, and taught to live on pillage and plunder alone, neither could nor would abftain from it. Their great refource was France ; ' and thefe companions called the king-dom of France their domain. They dared not, however, make any attempts on Acquitaine, for the country would not have fuffered it ; befides, to fay truth, the greater number of their captains were Gafcons and Englifh, or perfons attached to the king of England or prince of Wales. • Some lords of Brittany were among them, but they were few in number. On this account, many, of the inhabitants of France murmured much, and complained fecretly of the king of England and the prince, that they did not aft well towards the king of France in not affifling him to drive thefe bad people out of the realm. They were better pleafed to fee them with their neighbours than among themfelves. The wifeft of the kingdom declared, that if fomething were not fpeedily done in this bufinefs, either by "fighting or getting rid of them out of the country, by a handfome prefent- irr money, they would deftroy the noble kingdom of France. ^ There was at the time a king in Hungary who was defirous of having their affiftance, and would have given them full employment againft the Turks, with whom he was at war, for they had done him much mifchief. He wrote, therefore, to pope Urban V. (who was then at Avignon, and P 2 who il 1


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