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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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.nas al Paris with his brother-in-law king Charfetf It chanced that the bifhop of Winchefter, chancel* ior of England, died. There was at that time a prieft p England of the name of William of Wyke* .ham ; this William was fo high in the king's grace that nothing was done, in s*ny refpeâ whatever, "without his advice.. When the chancellorship and bifhoprick thus became vacant, the king of Eng-land immediately wrote to the duke of Bourbon, at •the requeft and prayer of the faid William, to beg of him, through the affe&ion he had for Mm, to go to the holy father Urban, and prevail on him fo grant the vacant bifhoprick of Winchefter to his chaplain ; aaji that, in return, |e would be very courteous to him as to his ranfom. . When the duke of Bourbon received the mef* fengers with the letters from the king of England, he was much pleafed, and explained to the king of France what the king of England and fir William wanted him to do. The king advifed hint to go to the pope. The duke therefore, with his attendants, ^immediately fet out and travelled until they came to Avignon, where pope Urban refided, for he had not as yet fet out for Rome. The duke made his re? queft to the holy father, who dire&ly granted it, and gave to him the bifhoprick of Winchefter, to difpofe of as he fhould pleafe ; and if he found the king of England courteous and liberal as to U$ ranfom, he was very willing that Wykeham fhpûl4 have this bifhoprick. ^ * The duke upon this returned to France, a&4 ^fterwa^ds to England* where |e entered into } 3^4


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