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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 363



sm all Germany, with the king of Hungary,- ao luaowkdged Urban. While writing of thefe diffentions that hap-pened in my time both in fiâtes and in the church (which was fomewhat fhaken thereby), and it is to be understood that the great landed proprie-tors were acting like hypocrites, it comes to my remembrance how in my young days, during the reign of pope Innocent, at Avignon, there was confined in prifon a learned clerk, called Friar John de la Roche-taillade. This friar, as I have been told by feveral privately, for it wafc never talked of in public, foretold, while in prifon, many of the great events which would happen fhortly in the world, more efpecially thofe that related to France. He prophecied the capture of king John of France, and the misfortunes that were to befal the church from the pride and arro-gance of thofe who governed it. It was faid, that during his imprifonment, he was brought to the pope's palace, when the cardinal of Oftia, com-monly called cardinal of Arras, and the cardinal of Auxerre difputed with him on thefe fubjects. Friar John gave them for anfwer the following apologue : * In former days, a bird was hatched without any feathers. When the other birds heard of this, they went to fee him, for he was fair and pleafant to look on. Having confidered, that without feathers he could not fly, nor with-out flying live ; which, however, they were de-termined to aflift him in, for he was a prodigioufly handfome bird ; they refolved that every ' bird VOL. VII. A % fhould


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