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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.5

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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.5
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fage to Scotland, and falutc the king aid baronsr with the aflurance that we and our realm arc willing tô *nter into treaties with them on the footing of good friends, irt order that, when the feafon fhall be favourable, we may fend over troops, to be there admitted in the like manner as the praftice has been With our predccefTors in former rimes: and in your journies thither and back again, as well as during your rcfidence, you will take care to keep fuch ftate as fhàll become an ambafTador from the king ; • for fuch is our will ; and every expenfe fhall be repaid you.' The knight anfwered, ( Sire, your orders fhall be obeyed/ He did not delay his journey long after this ; but, when his preparations were ready, he took leave of the king, and fet out from Paris, continuing his route until he came to Sluys in Flanders. He waited there for a wind, which being unfavourable, de-tained him fifteen days. During this time he lived magnificently; and gold and filver plate were in fuch profufion in the apartments as if he had been a prince. He had alfo mufic to announce his din-ner, and caufed to be carried before him a fword in a fcabbard, richly blazoned with his arms in gold and filver. His fervants paid well for every thing. Many of the townfpeople were much aftonifhed at the great ftate this knight lived in at home, which he alfo maintained when he went abroad. The bailiff of the town, who was an officer under the earl of Flanders, had noticed this conduéV, and could not remain filent on the fubjeét, for which he was to blame, but went and ' informed the earl » ^ of 61


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