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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
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krchbifliop, the king being clothed in his roya! robes, and feated on an elevated throne, adorned with cloth of gold ; and all the young knights were placed on low benches, covered alfo with the fame, at his feet. In this ftate did they remain the whole day. The new conftable, fir Oliver dc Cliflbn, was prefent : he had been named conftable a few days prior to this ceremony, and performed weH his charge and every thing belonging to it. The principal barons of France were alfo there fo richly drefled it would be tedious to relate: the king was feated in royal majefty, with a crown on his head rich and precious beyond meafure. The church of our Lady at Rheims was fo much crowded during this ceremony that one could not turn one's foot. I have heard alfo, that at this ac-ceffion of the young king to the throne, in order to pleafe the people of France, all impofitions, aids, taxes, fubfidies and other levies, which -had diC-pleafed and had much opprefied them, were abo-lifhed, greatly to the joy of the fubjeél. After mafs, they went to the palace ; but, as the hall was too fmall for fuch numbers, they erefted in the court of the palace a large covered ftage, on which the dinner was ferved. The king was feated with his five uncles of Brabant, Anjou, Berry, Bur-gundy and Bourbon ; but, though they were at his table, they were at $ diftance from him. The arch-bifhop of Rheims and other prelates were on his right hand. He was ferved by the great barons, the lord de Coucy, the lord de Cliflbn, fir Guy de la Tremouille, the lord high admiral and feveral others, on handfome horfes, covered and decorated with 237


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