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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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really in earneft to procure their ' freedom, they would not murmur at any tax or hearth-money that ihouid be raifed to deliver thrfe. prifoners,' who will die in prifon unlefs God afiift them/ € Sir Oliver,* faid the duke, 1 my country of Brittany (hall never be oppreiTed by fiich taxes. My coufins have great princes for their relations ; and the king of France or duke of Anjou ought to aid them, for they have always fupported them againft me. When I fwore, indeed, to aid them in their deliverance, it was always my intention that the king of France and their other relations ihouid find the money, and that I would join my en-treaties.' The conftable could never obtain more from the duke. The conftable, therefore, when at thefe tourna-ments at Vannes, faw clearly that the earl of Buckingham and the englifh barons and fquires were greatly diffatisfied with the duke of Brittany, for not having opened his towns to them, as he had promifed, when they left England. The Eng-lifh near Heimebon and Vannes were in fuch diftrefs, that they frequently had not wherewithal to feed themfelves, and their horfes were dying through famine : they were forced to gather * thirties, bruife them in a mortar, and make a pafte which they cooked. While they were thus fuller-ing, they faid ; 6 This duke of Brittany does not acquit himfelf loyally of his promifes to us, who have put him in poftefSoa of his duchy ; and, if we may be believed, we cm as eafily take it from him as we have given it ' to him, by feting at 4 liberty 148


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