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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 409



CHALLENGES FROM FRANCE ARE DELIVERED TO THE KiNG OF ENGLAND.—THE EARL DE. ST. POL AND THE LORD DE CHATILLON CON-ftUER THE COUNTY OF PONTHIEU. ^HE valet before mentioned made hafte to Lon-don, as be had heard the king of England and his council were affembied at the palace of Weft-minfter. The king had for fome time held various councils upon the ftate of. the prince's affairs, who was at war with the barons and knights of Gafcony, to examine into the beft means of affifting him, and to confider whom he fhould fend from England to the princess aid. He fopn heard tther news, which troubled hip more than before j for the valet who was the bearer of thefe letters managed fo as to enter the chamber where the king and his council were fitting. He faid he was a valet belonging to the houfehold of the king of France, and had been fent by that king with letters addreifed to the king of England, but was ignorant what were their con-tents, nor did it belong to him to know. He pre-fented them on his knees to the king ; who, being defijrous to know what might be their fubje&, ordered them to be taken, opened and read. The king and all thofe with him were much furprifed when they had heard the challenge they contained. They examined them very carefully every way, as well as the feal, and clearly faw that the challenge was good. They ordered the valet to withdraw, telling him he had done his bufinefs wejl, and that 'he CHAP. CCL. 395


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