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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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nor aflfbred of their lives: they therefore append their anger as well as they could. The wicked* pels of the Romans arofe to fuch a height; that thofè who were nearcft the conclave broke in, to frighten the cardinals, in order that; they might the fooncr decide in fevour of him whom they wilhed. The cardinals were much alarmed, fearing they would" all be put to death, and fled, feme one way, fomc another. The Romans, however, would not fuffer them to depart, but çollefted them again together whether they would or not. n The cardinals, find-ing themfçlves in their power and in great danger, made quickly an end of the - bufinefs, to appcafe the people : and, though it was not done through devotion, yet they made a good eledHon of à very devout man, a Roman, whom pope Urban V. had raifed to the purple : he was called the Car-dinal of St. Peter. ' This eleftionj pleafed the Romans exceedingly, ped the good man had all the rights attached to the papacy ; but he only lived three days, and I will tell you the reafon. The Romans, being de-{irous of having a pope from their own nation, were fo much rejoiced at the ele&ion falling as it had done on the cardinal of St. Peter, that they took the good man, who was at leaft one hundred ' years of age, and placing him on a white mule, carried him in triumph for fuch a length of time, through Rome, out of wickednefs and in exulta-tion of their viftory over the cardinals by having ' gained a Roman pope, that the fatigue was too much 361


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