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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 204



eameftly the things he ought to love, and hated thofe which it was becoming him fo to hate. He was a prudent knight, full of enterprife and of wifdom. He had never any men of aban-doned character with him, reigned prudently, and was confiant in his devotions. There were regular nocturnals from thePfalter, prayers from the rituals to the virgin, to the Holy Ghoft, and from the burial fervice. He had every day dis-tributed as alms, at his gate, five florins in final coin, to all comers. He was liberal and courte-ous in his gifts; and well knew how to take when it was proper, and to give back where he had confidence. He mightily loved dogs above all other animals ; and during the fummer and win-ter amnfed himfelf much with hunting. He never liked any foolifh works nor ridiculous ex-travagancies ; and would know every month the amount of his expenditure. He chofe from his own fubjects twelve of the moft able to receive and adminifter his finances : two of them had the management for two months, when they were changed for two others ; and from them he fe-lected one as comptroller, in whom he placed his greateft confidence, and to whom all the others rendered their accounts. This comptroller ac-counted by rolls or written books, which Were laid before the count. He had certain coffers in his apartment, from wjience he took money to give to different knights, fquires or gentlemen, when they came to wait on him ? for none ever left him without a gift; and thefe fums he continually increafed, in order to be prepared for any event - that 194 •


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