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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 381



* , » 5W mteting. They eonrinued their journey fo Edin-burgh in company, convcrfing ail the way. Thk mm the capital of the kingdom, and where ufualiy the king refided : it has a ftrong Caftle and fair har-bour î but the king was at that time ab&nt, beihg in the Highlands on a hunting party. To pay greater honour to the duke of Lancafter, rile earl of Douglas and the Scots barons delivered up to him the caftle of Edinburgh, - for which he was very thankful * and he refided there until he had received intelligence from England, which* however, was not fo foon as he wifhed* Now fee how evil-minded perform and deceivers take on them to prate without any knowledge of " fads. It was commonly reported through Eng* land, during the rime of the rebellion, that the duke of Lancafter had become a traitor to his lord and king, and had turned to the Scots party. But this was foon known to be contrary to the truth : however, thefe wicked people, in order to ftir up the commonalty, and to create confufion in the realm, had fpread abroad fuch reports, which were acknowledged at their éxecutions, by Wat Tyler, Jack Straw, John Ball, Walker and Lifter, who had been the chief leaders of the rebels in England, and who had intended to bave Jiad five parts of thfc kingdom under their command. They had a par-ticular hatred to the duke of Lancafter, as they fhewed on their entrance into London j for they inftantly went and burnt the fine palace • of tht Savoy, not leaving an utenfil nor beam unburat. In addition ' to this* they had publtfhcd all over • » . England


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