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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 231



fe&on to you, in order to traverfe his defigns. I have every caufe to praiie the Bretons, for they have ferved me faithfully in the defence of my kingdom againft its aoemies. You will make the lord de Cliflbn conftable : every thing confidçred, I know no one fo proper for that office. Seek out, in Germany, an alliance for my fon, that our connexions there may be ftrcngthened. You have heard our ad-verfary is about to marry from thence, to increafc his allies. The poor people of my realm are much harafied and tormented by taxes and fubfidies : take them off as fpeedily as you can, for they are things which, notwithftanding I propofed them, weigh very heavy on my mind : but the great un-dertakings we have had to maintain in every part of the kingdom forced me to fubmit to them.' Many more kind words did king Charles utter, but I have pot thought it requifite to cite them fell. The king explained why the duke of Anjou was abfent ; for he fufpe&ed him %much, knowing him to be of an ambitious temper. Notwithftanding the king of France did not permit him to attend his death-bed, nor to have any part in the government of France, this duke did not keep at a very great diftance he had befides meffengers continually going be-tween Paris * and Angers, who brought him -exaft* accounts of the ftate of his brother's health. He had alfo fome about the king's perfon, who in-formed him fecredy what daily pafled » and the laft day, when the king of France departed this .life, .he JIZ& at Paris, and fo near to the k'ng's chamber 120


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