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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
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French, they would furrender thcmfelvci and the caftle to the duke of Anjou or to the conftable : but if a body of men at arms fhould arrive, and offer battle to the French, the garrifon fhould re-main in peace. This treaty was concluded, and informnion fent to the duke of Anjou, who was on the borders: he approved of it, on condition that the garrifon of Derval fhould not during the truce receive any one into the caftle. Sir Hugh Brock fent feveral knights and fquires as his hoftages for the due execution of the treaty. After this capitulation, the conftable of France made an excurfion to the city of Nantes. The citizens fhtit their gates, becaufe he had with him a large army, and went forth to know his inten-tions. The conftable told them he had been no-minated and fent by the king of France, their lord, to take feifin and pofleffion of the duchy of Brit-tany, which fir John de Montfort, who called himfelf duke, had forfeited. • The citizens requefted time to hold a council, to deliberate on what he had faid before they gave an anfwer. After a long time debating the bufinefs, they returned and faid to the conftable i c Dear lord, it feems quite marvellous to us how the king of France can thus feize the inheritance of our lord the duke * for the king, not long fince, commanded us to receive him as our duke. We have there-fore fworn fealty and homage to him ; and he has in return promifed and fworn to govern us as fub-je&s, which he has hitherto punctually done. We have ill


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