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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.6

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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.6
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after they had well corrfidered their fituation, the earl returned to his quarters. On the morrow morning, when the lords were rifen, the magician waited on the duke, bowing moil lowly. As foon as the dukë perceived him, he ordered a valet to conduct him to the earl of Savoy. The valet, taking his hand, faid,€ Mafter, my lord's will is, that you go to the earl of Savoy/ He anfwered, * God's will be done/ When ar-rived at the tent of the earl, the valet faid, * My lord, here is the doctor whom my lord fends to you/ The earl was much pleafedon feeing him, and faid, * Doctor, doyouaflure us for a certainty, that you will gain us the caftel del Ovo at fo cheap a rate ?' ' Yes, by my troth, my lord, ' replied the enchanter, ' for by a fimilar trick I gotit for him who is now within it, namely the lord Charles de Durazzo, froni the queen of Naples, her daugh-ter and hufband fir Robert d'Artois* and fir Otho de Brunfwick. I am the man in the world of whom the lord Charles has the greatest dread/ * By my faith/ replied the earl, •c you fpeak well; but I wifti the lord Charles to know, that lie is in the wrong to fear you fo much, for I will make him eafy on that head : you fhall nothence- * Robert d'Artois. Denys Sauvage, in his 24th annotation, fays,—* The hiftory of Naples often fpeaks* of this Robert A'ÀXton, makmg him the hufband of Mary, daughter to Joaa queen of Naples ; but no mention whatever is made of thefe enchantments. They feem to come from the romance» of Morgante and Urganda ; fo that I am furprifed Froiflart could fufifer him&lfto be thus deceived, "and with to deceive pofterity.1 • • ' forward 43


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