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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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knights, * the territory was loyally remitted. at: Tournay into the hands and government of my, lord the earl of Flanders, who has fent us hither to entreat of you to grant us, who are attached by faith and penfion to the king of England your lord, paflports to go to England, to the king, to( know his reafons for making war on my lord the. earl of Flanders and his country without fending him any. defiance/ The bifhop replied, he would confider of it, and they fhould have his anfwer to-morrow morn-ing. They could not obtain more at this moment, and retired to their houfes, leaving the, Engliûr in council, who refolved ,as I fhall tell you. r Having fully weighed every circumftance, and the entetprife they h$d undertaken, theyxrefolve4 not to grant paffports to the two knights to go to England, for the journey was long, apd, while they were going and returning, the whole country would be fecured and greatly ftrengthenedj for the earl, who was a fubtle character, might inform the king of France and duke of Burgundy of his fituation, by whofe means fo large a force might in a few days come upon them, that they would be unable to refill it. Having formed this refoiu-tion as to the anfwer they would give in the . morning to the knights from Flanders, fir Hugh Calverley was called upon for his opinion, who -faid to the bifhop ; c Sir, you are our commander: you will tell them that we are on the territories of the duchefs of Bar, who is a Clementift; that you make war for Urban and no one elfe; T 2 and 275


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