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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 122



ing to cuftom, then the king of Armenia and the prelates and lords of the council. The king of Armenia was defined to repeat what he had before told the king and a part of his council. He did fo in an elegant harangue, fhewing how Chriftendom was too much weakened by the deftruûive wars of France and England, and that the knights and fquires of the two countries thought of nothing but joining one party or other ; by which the em-pire of Conftantinople would be deftroyed, where formerly the gentlemen of France and England ufed to take pleafure in feeking deeds of arms, and that his own kingdom was already loft. He there-fore entreated, through the love of God, they would liften to fome terms of peace between the two kings. The archbifhop of Canterbury, who had before-hand been ordered by the king and council to deliver the anfwer, replied; c King of Armenia, it is not ufual, nor has it ever been admitted, that in fuch weighty matters as are now in difpute between the king of England and "his adverfary of France, the king of England fhould have requefts made him, with an army ready to invade his country. I will therefore declare our opinion, that you re-turn to the french army, and prevail on them to retreat to France; and, when we fhall be fully af-fured that every man has retired to his home, do you return hither, and we will then pay attention to any treaty you fhall propofe/ This was the anfwer the king of Armenia re-ceived. He dined that day with the king, who paid • 109 • • 0


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