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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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ttiained at Paris on the part of the duke, negotiat-ing a peace between him and the king. He did not oppofe it ; for he faw clearly that he could not keep the promifes he had made the Englifh, unlefs he would lofe his dukedom. It was the intention of the earl of Buckingham and his barons to pafs the winter in the town of Vannes as well as they could, and in the fummer to return to France to continue the war : he had written a full account of his fituation and inten-tions to the king of England and to the duke of Lancafter* The king and Ms council, having ap-proved of this plan, ordered him to carry it into execution, adding, that at the proper feafon, a re-inforcement of Englifh fhould be fent to Norman-dy and land at Cherbourg ; jnd thofe two armies* being united in Normandy, mi^jpt be able to per-formed fome decifive a&ions in France. The king of France, his uncles and council fore-fàw all that might happen, having been duly in-formed of the intended plans : they faid, in their fecret councils, that if the duke of Brittany, or any of his principal towns, were at enmity with the realm, and united with the Englifh force, France would have, for a time, too heavy a burden to bear. For this reafon, the four barons from Brit-tany, who reprefènted the duke and managed his affairs very well, had thrown out thefe doubts : in particular, they had opened themfelves to the dukè of 'Anjou, at that time regent of France, who hav-ing a grand expedition in his head, and intending within two years at the fartheft% to march to la VOL. V. * • T . Puglia Ê75


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