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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
page 169



Faucille " was witK Elm, and upwards of forty of the richeft and moft refpe&able inhabitants. The earl, as he was pafïing up the market-place*, caft his eyes on the white hoods, which made him melancholy: he difmounted, as did his attendants, and went to a window, from whence he leaned out, on a crimfon cloth, which had there been fpfead for him. The earl began to addrefs the people with a very difcreet fpeech, in which he fhewed what love and affe&ion he had borne them before they had an-gered him. He remonftrated, that a prince and fbvereign lord ought to be loved, feared, obeyed and honoured by his fubje&s, and explained how very contrary they had aéted. He alfo noticed how well he had always defended them againft their enemies, and had kept them ' in peace and profperity; that he had opened to them commu-nications by fea, which before his joyful acceffion had been fhut agaînft them. He difplayed much argument and good fenfe, which were undérftood by the wife, and acknowledged for truth. He was well liftened to by fcveral, but by others not at all, for they were defirous of confufion. ' When he had fpoken an hour, he concluded by faying, c that after having fo fully explained every thing, he was willing to continue their good lord, in the fame manner as he had formerly been : that he forgave all the injuries and contempt they had. Ihewn him ; and that he would never more recoiled the evil deeds which had paled, but would prcferve to them their rights and franchifes, as he had


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