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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
page 139



éFaîr brother/ faid the duke of'lény, 1 we •will talk to the king on this fubject : you and I are the principal of his council. The king being made a party, no one will attempt to thwart «tour inclinations in fomenting a war between France and Flanders, which have hitherto been at peace with each other: it will be proper we give fome good reafons for it, and that the barons of France be of our opinion ; otherwife we may be blamed and the fault thrown on us ; for the king is young, and every one knows that he will do whatever we (hall tell him or advife him. If it turn out fuccefsful, it will be paffed over; but, fhould it be otherwife, we fhall be charged with it, and imteh more blamed, and with reafon, than any of the other counsellors. Every one will fay, * See how badly the king's uncles, the dukes of Berry and Burgundy, have advifed the king; they have engaged the nation in a war in which it had nothihg to do/ I therefore fay, thy fair lord, that we muft aÏÏemble the greater part of the prelate! and nobles of the kingdom of France, and ' lay before them, in the prefence of the king, who i* perfonally interefted in this bufinefs, all the events which bear any relation to the inheritance of Flanders : we fhall then foon fee what is the general wish of France/ % * : ' The duke of Burgundy replied, c You fay werf, tny fair brother, and ' what you have advifed «hall be done/ At thefe words, the king entered the apartments where his uncles were, with a falcon on his wrift: he was truck with the duke's ' laft


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