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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 269



was Nicholas Flamand, a draper, fqr .whofe life-forty thoufand francs had been offered in vain. When the executioner came to behead John des Marete, he faid to.him, c Matter John, beg for mercy of the king, that he may pardon you yqur crimes/ Upçm which he turned, and faid, ' I have ferved his great grandfather king Philip, king John, and king Charles his father, faithfully and loyally 5 and never did thefe thr;ee kings find fault with me, nor would this king have done fo, if he had arrived at the wifdom and age of manhood. I firmly believe, that in my condemnation, he is not any ways culpable. I have not, therefore, any caufe to beg his •• mercy* but from God alone (hall I beg it, and that he would forgive all my fins/ Upon this he took leave of all the people, who, • for the greater part, were in tears ; and thus died Mafter John des Marêts, • , ' . In like manner were feveral executed in the city of Rouen, and many fined* in order to in-timidate the people. At Rheims, Chalons, Troyes, .Sens and Orleans, fimilar fcenes pafiecL The towns were heavily fined becaufe. they had been •clifobedient at the commencement of this reign. Immenfe fums were thus raifed throughout the kingdom, and all went to the dukes of Berry and : Burgundy, for the king was under their manage-ment. However, to fay the truth, the conftable Pand marftials had great part of it to pjay the men jit arms yj\ïo had ferved ip the expedition.to „ Fiander^ The lords and gr.eat b arong of FraJ&çe* .iUvCh as the countde Blois the count de la^ançj^, * w .. 1 . the 255


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