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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 247



' was quite marvelous to hear them. The young king of France difmounted before the church of our Lady at Rheims, in company with his uncles and brother. There were ( alfo his confins of Na-varre, d'Aibreth, of Bar and of Harcourt*, and a great many other young fquires, children of the great barons of France, whom the king on the mor-row, being the day of his coronation, created knights. This Saturday, the king heard vefpers in the church of our Lady, and performed his vigils in that church, according to the cuftom of thofe times, the greater part of the night. All the youths defirous of knighthood attended him, and did the fame. _ On the Sunday, which was All-faints day, the church of our Lady was very richly decorated for the coronation ; fo much fo that it could not poffibly have been better ordered. The archbifhop of Rheims, after having faid mafs With great fo-lemnity, ,confecrated the king with the holy ampulla with which St. Remy had anointed Clovis, the firft Chriftian king of the French. This facred - oil was fent from God by a holy angel, with which the kings of France have ever fince been anointed, and it never diminifhes. Now this muft be confi-. dered a? wonderfully miraculous. • Before' the confecration, the king created, in front-of the altar, all thofe young fquires, knights : the office of mafs was afterwards chaunted by the • D. Sauvage fays, the three firft were his confins hy Ms mo-ther's fide; but he knows nothing of the fourth '* " archbifhop, 28S


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