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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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one who could not love them for fome affronts they had put upon him in former times #. On the other hand, the Gafcons frequently faid to the king of France ; c Dear fire, we infift that we have an appeal to' your court, (and therefore fupplicate you to do usjuftice, as being the raoft upr right prince in the world,) in regard to the great in-juries and extortions which the prince of Wales and his people want to impofe upon us. Should you refufe, however, to do us right, we will feek for it in other courts, and we will place ourfelves under that lord who will exert himfelf to preferve our rights i by which means you may lofe the princi* pality.' 1 The king of France, who very unwillingly would have fuffered this lofs, for it would have been of the greateft prejudice to his kingdom, made a courteous reply ; c that never, for want of law or advice fhould they apply to any other court than his own ; but it was proper fuch affairs fhould be treat-ed with much deliberation and prudence.' In this manner, he kept them in expedition for one year, detaining them privately at Paris ; where, befides paying all their expences, he made them handfome prefents and gave them rich jewels. He, however, inquired fecretly, whether, in cafe the peace fhould be broken, and war with the Englifh recommence, they would fupport him : they re* pied, that he ought not to be alarmed, nor prevent* • Very probably for having efcaped diftionorably from England! whtn M mm an iottage for his father king John- Bb| Ci 373


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