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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 275



- Beeaufe the king ôf France and that riatîôri Were Clementifis, Urban, (whom the Englifh arid feveral other countries obeyed) during his refidence at Genoa, fought how he could obtain fuccours from England to annoy the king . of France; and I will tell you by what means. He was to fend his bulls to the archbifhops and hifhops of the country, to proclaim that he ab-solved, and would abfolve, from all crime or fault, every one who would aflift in the deftruc^ tion of the Clementifis. He had heard that his adverfary Clement had reforted to this means in France, and was daily doing fo ; and that the French called the Urbanifls, as to matters of faith, dogs, which thofe retorted back on the Clernentifts* whom Urban was very defirous of condemning to the utmoft of his power* and he knew he had no other means of hurting them but through the Englifh. It was neceffary, however, that he fhould have a confiderable fum of ready money, if he wifhed to put his plans into execu-tion; for it was well known that the nobles of Eng-land would not, for all the abfolutions in the world, Undertake any expeditions, unlefs fuch were preceded by offers of money. Men at arms cannot live on pardons* nor do they pay much attention to them except at the point of death. He therefore determined* that with the bulls h£ fent to England for the prelates to preach upon, he would order a full tenth to be raifed by the church, and to be paid by them to* the nobility, without affecting the king's Ircafturyj nor oppreffipg the .conoura people. Thi^


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