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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 276



This, he imagined, would be agreeable* to the knights and* barons. of England* He ioftantly battened the writing and eftgrofs~ ing his bulls, as welltothe king-as to hi&nncles and the prelates of England; with his pardons and abfolutions from all crimes ; he granted be-fides, to the king and his uncles* a fell tenth to-be by them raifed and levie4 throughout the kingdom, on which lie enlarged very much. ,Ahd becaufe all thefe fums m?éreto come from-the church, he would have a churchman com-mand the expedition. The lord Henry $penfer, bifliop of Norwich* was appointed, that the commonalty and churches of • England might have greater faith in it. * In addition to this, becaufe he knew that the king of Spain was contrary to his iafcereft, and much allied with the king of Ftence, he-deolsr* ed, that with the money thatftbuld bethu$ raif-ed in England, the duke of 'Lancafter, who, ia; right of his wife, called himfelf Icing'of GfcftiUe, fhould fet out for that country to raife a FIPIAR army there : and, if the duke of Lancafter would undertake this expedition with a powerful force of men at arms, he would grant to the king of Portugal (who had juftcommenced a war againft don John king of -Caftille} ' a full • tenth on the whole kingdom of Portugal. In this manner was Urban active in his ow» concerns. He fent npwmrtfe of thirty ibiiltetq England, where they were received with much joy. The prelates preaohed up in their diooefes this: expedition in the-, maimer of a croifade ; and


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