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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.8

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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.8
page 55



people in feveral places were exceedingly alarmed, and generally the priefts made procédions iâ many towns three times a week ; where, with much devotion, they offered up their prayers to God, to avert this peril from them. There were upwards of one hundred thoufand who were de-firous the French fhould come to England, faying, to comfort the weak hearted, cXet them come: by God, not a foul fhall return back to tell their ftory.* Such as1 were in debt, and had not any intention of paying nor wherewithal to do fot were delighted, and laid to their creditors, 1 Hold your tongues : they are coining florins in France, and we will pay you with them :* and thus they lived extravagantly, and expended largely, for credit was not refufed them. Whenever they were aflced to pay, they replied, c How can you afk for money ? is it not better that we fpend it than that Frenchmen fhould find it and carry it away ?* Thus were many thoufand pounds fterlkg fcoWhly fpent in England. The king of England *was during this time in Wales with the earl of Oxford, who governed England, for without his confent nothing was done. The king's privy council confided of fir Simon Burley, fir Nicholas Bramber, fir Robert TrefiKan,fir Robert Beauchamp, fir John Salifbury, fir Michael de la Pole, and alfo the bifhop of Norwich and fir William Neville, brother lo the lord Neville. Thefe counfeilors did with the king as they plealed, and carried him wttherfoever they liked ; for neither had his uncles of Cambridge and 42


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