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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
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fir Peter has/ * And where does his lady refide?' c She lives with her confia the king of Caftille : her father was count of Bifcay and coufin-german to don Pedro, who put him to death. He wanted alfo to lay hands on this lady, to confine her. He feized her lands, and as long as he lived (he re* ceived nothing from them. It was told her, when, by the death of her father, (he became countefs of Bifcay,—4 Lady, fave yourfelf ; for, if, don Pedro lay hands oil you, he will put you to death, or at leaft imprifon you, for he is much enraged that you fhould fay he ftrangled his queen, fifter to the duke of Bourbon and the queen of France, in her bed ; and your evidence is more readily believed than any other, for you •Were of her bed-chamber.' c For this reafon, the countefs Florence de Bifcaye quitted the country with few attendants, as one naturally wifhes to fly from death, paffed through Bifcay and came hither, when (he told my lord her hiftory. c The count, who is kind and affectionate to all ladies and damfels, had compaflion on her, de-tained her at his court, and placed her with the lady de la Karaffe, a greatbaronefs of this country, and provided her with all things fuitable to her rank. Sir. Peter de Béarn, his brother, was at that time a young knight, and had not then this cuftom of fighting in his fleep, but was much in the good graces of the count, who concluded a marriage for him with this lady, and recovered her lands from don Pedro. She has a fon and daughter by fir Peter, but they are young, and with her in Caftille, 208


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