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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
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:i4i àpàt he ought ricft to have Wslftterty ; he hal too mighty connexions, and that Philip, whd called hnnfelf'king of Prance, tins his uncle : that, as long as they detained him prifoner, thefr w* in Brittany would be the better for it. Notwith-ftanding thefe remonftrances, king Edward, through the perfuafion of that noble and good lady, his queen, agreed to his ranfom, for two hundred thoufand nobles ; and his two fens were to be given as hoftages for the payment of this fust, which was very coftfiderable to the lord Charte», but would not now be fo, torn duke of Brittany. The lords of thofe days were differently fituated from what they are at prefent, -when greater re-fotrrces are found, and they can tax their people at their .pleafure. It was not fo then, for they were forced to content themfelves with the amount of their landed eftates ; but now, the duchy of Brittany would eafily pay for the aid of its lord two hundred thoufand nobles within the year, or within two years at the fortheft. Thus were * the two young fons of the lord Charles de Blois given up as hoftages for the pay-ment of his ranfom. He had, afterward, in the profecution of his war in Brittany, fo much to pay his foldiers, and fupport his rank and ftate, that he could never, during his lifetime, redeem them. He was flam in the battle at Auray*, de-fending his right, by the englifh ' allies of the earl of Montfort, and by none others. jHts death, * Vol. iii. however,.


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