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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 187



Auvergne, where it remained one night ; and ofl the morrow it was embalmed* conveyed to St* Denis in France and buried in- a tomb very neat that of king Charles of France, which the king had caufed to be made in his life time. By his or-der, the body of fir Bertrand, his conftable, was placed at his feet ; and his obfequies were perform-ed with the fame honours as if he had been his own fon : the king's brothers, as Well as great numbers of the nobility, attended. By the death of fir Bertrand, the office of con-* fiable became vacant ; On which many councils were held to nominate a fucceflbr. Several great barons of France were thought of: in particular, the lords dc Cliflbn and de Coucy, The king of France appointed the lord de Couçy governor of all Picardy, and alfo gave him the domain of Mor-taigne, which is a handfome heritage, fituated be-tween Tournay and Valenciennes. ^ * Sir James de Verchin, the young fénéfchal of Hainault, was turned out of it : he held it in fuc-cefiion from his father, who had been lord of it for a long time. I fay, therefore,, the lord de Coucy was gready in favour with the king of France, who was defirous to nominate him conftable : but the gallant knight excufed himfeif with many reafons, and refufed to undertake fo weighty a charge as that of conftable, adding that fir Oliver de Cliflbn was the fitted perfon of any, for he was a valiant, enterprifing and prudent knight, well known to and beloved by the Bretons. Things remained thus for fome time, when the men Î7&


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