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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 370



faying that the people had ao power over the no-bility of the realm ; and that his fon-ia-law, the king of Caftille, was powerful enough to pu-nifh any rebellion that might break out ; that he had no jnft caufe to imprifon him nor put him to death 5 and, befides, his brother was of a re-ligious order, and poflefled of great wealth, with-out thinking of the crown of Portugal. Thefe were the reafons why he efcaped death. All thefe are well known facts ; for I, the au-thor of this hiftory, was told them by the nobles of Portugal. It was certainly ftrange they fhould choofe a baftard for their king : but they found none nearer in blood to the crown ; for they declared, that the queen of Caftille, daugh-ter of the lady Leonora d'Acunha, being a baf-tard, fhould never poffefs the crown of Portugal, nor fhould any of her defcendants. The count de Foix was of a fimiliar opinion, as he told the knights when he gave them an enter-tainment on leaving his country for Portugal ; for he is perfectly well informed, though he re-fides at Orthès, of every thing that paffes in Castille or Portugal. When his knights departed, he faid,—c Gentlemen, you have,not any bufi-nefs to interfere in the difputes between Castille and Portugal -y for the queen of Castille, daugh-ter of don Ferdinand king of Portugal, has n% claim to that crown. This war is begun fool-iflily, and with much bitternefs : you may there-fore, a£ well as thofe who first stirred it up, heartily repent when it is too late/ They replied, * that having received earnest of pay from Sift


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