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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 219



is the key to all the other towns in Brittany), to re-queft they woukj confider that the Englifh, who were marching through his kingdom, boafted they were fent for by them, and declared themfelves to be their foldiers j and that in cafe they had thus en-gaged them, and would perfeverc in this evil aft, they would incur the mêledi&ion of their holy fa-" thcr the pope, according to the fentence he had pafied, as well as the penalty of two hundred thou-fand florins, which he could legally demand from them, and which they had bound themfelves to pay, according to treaties fealed which had formerly pafied between them, and of which he had copies, as they could not be ignorant: that he had ever been their friend* and had affiled them in all their neceffitiesj and that by perfifting in this matter they would be very much to blame, for they had not any well-grounded complaint againft him to induce them to enter fo warmly into the war as to receive his enemies* He therefore recommended them maturely to reconfider this \ and, if they had been wickedly or ill advifed, he would frankly for-give it, provided they did not open their gates to his enemies the Englifh, and would maintain them in all juft rights and privileges, and even renew them, fhould there be occafion. When thefe letters and offers from the king of France had been read by the men of Nantes and confidered, the principal perfons among them faid, the king of France was in the right, and had caufe for remonftraring with them as he had done ; that in truth they had fworn and fealed never to be enemies fids


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