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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 246



and believed in his kingdom, and even by his own attendants, that he murdered the young lady, his wife, who was a coufin of yours, being daughter to the duke of Bourbon. 4 Upon all thefe accounts, it behoves you to paufe and refle& before you enter into any en-gagements ; for what he has hitherto fuffered arc the chaftifements of God, who orders thefe punifh-meets as an example to the kings and princes of the earth, that they fhould never commit fuch like wickednefs.* With fimilar language to this was the prince alfo addrefled by his council, on the arrival of the king of Caftille at Bourdeaux : but to this loyal advice they received the following anfwer : c My lords, I take it for granted and believe that you give me the bed advice you are able. I mufl, however, inform you, that I am perfe&ly well acquainted with the life and conduâ of don Pedro, and well know that he has committed faults without number, for which at prefent he fuf-fers : but I will tell you the reafons which at this moment urge and embolden me to give him affiftance. I do not think it either decent or proper that a baftard fhould poflefs a kingdom as an inheritance, nor drive out of his realm his own brother, heir to the country by lawful marriage ; and no king, nor king's fon, ought ever to fuffer it, as being of the greateft prejudice to royalty. Add to this, that my lord and father and this don Pedro have for a long time been allies, much conne&ecj to- aj2


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