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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.4

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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.4
page 121



Ï dare to order them ? Certainly, my dear lord, envy and jealoufy are lb much abroad, I ought to be on my guard againft them: I therefore entreat you will not inlift on my taking this office, but give it to fome other who will readily accept it, and who knows better than I do how to execute it/ The king made ,anfwcr ; c Sir Bertrand, that ex-cufe will not ferve you; for I have neither brother, nephew, coufin, count or baron in my realm but who will obey your orders ; and fhould any one aft othcrwife, he would fo anger me that he fhould foon feel the effefts of it : I therefore beg of you to accept this office with a good will/ Sir Bertrand, finding that no excufe nor any thing he could fay would be liftened to, accepted the king's offer, but it was much againft his incli-nation. He was invefted with the office of con-ftable j and the king, to fhew him greater affeftion, made him be feated at his table, and gave him, befides this office, many rich gifts and large do-mains in land, for him and his heirs. The duke of Anjou was very aftive in forwarding this pro-morion. - 109 CHAP.


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