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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.7

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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.7
page 129



ïï-9 The electron, whether the nobles would or not/ took place.: and Denis was crowned king in the cathedral church of Coimbra, with the unani* • mous confent of the commonalty of Portugal. He fwore to adminifter juftice honeftly, to maintain the people in all the rights and privi-. ieges which they had enjoyed from former times, and which they were entitled to have preferred to them. This gave great fatisfaction to all. When news of this was carried to the king of Caftille, be was wroth for two reafons : one, becàufe his queen was the legal heirefs of Por-tugal ; the other, that • the people had crowned a king of Portugal by election. He therefore made this a pretext for war, and demanded from the town of Lifbon two hundred thoufand flo- ' rifts, which king Fernando had promifed him when he efpoufed his daughter. He lent as am--baffadors to Portugal the count de Tierme and de Rebede, aftd the bifhop of Burgos, with a grand fuite of attendants. When arrived . at Santaren, the laft town of Caftille towards Lif-bon, they fent a herald to the king and citizens of Lifbon, to demand paffports for the fecurity of their coming and returning* These were in-ftantly granted. The council of the town were affembled to hear explained the caufe of their embafly : at the end of « their harangue they' faid,—c You Lifboners :fhoùld properly under-Hand this matter, and not be furprifed if our king, in his anger, demands fo large a fum-from you, which you are bound to pay him, fince you have thought proper to give the noble crown i 4 of


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