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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 362



of what paffes in the world relative to 'deeds and adventures in arms, which are defcribed in this book; but I have never met with any lord, ex-cept the count de Foix, who had not his minions pages,x and jefters, moft honourably entertained. The count de Foix had none fuch ; for he was naturally grave, and of great good fenfe, which was of more value than any thing they could have afforded him. I do not fay, that thofe lords who are attended by minions are mad : they are worfe than mad, for they are blind having two eyes. When information of this difputed choice was firft brought to king Charles of France, of happy memory, he paufed, and left it to his clergy ; who, having [confidered the matter, refolved that pope Clement had been truly elected. To this opinion the kings of France, Caftiile, and Scot-land affented ; and, notwithftanding the fchifm which was caufed in the church, thefe three kings, being allied together, remained fteady to Clement; but the kings of England and Por-tugal were of a contrary way of thinking. The earl of Flanders had formed his creed as you have heard in this hiftory ; for he would never acknowledge pope Clement, becaufe he had, at the firft conclave, voted for the cardinal ofBari, and becaufe, while cardinal of Geneva, he had written to the earl to fay Urban had been legally elected pope, for which reafon the earl of Flanders confidered him as the true one as long as he lived. The emperor and 352


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