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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 247



• - IM4 power againft France. He had reafon tok attach himfelf to $hemf for they had made war for him, and without their afliftapce he would oevçr have conquered before Auray nor elfewhere. Ypu know alfo, from this hiftory, that the dukç of Brittany bad no power over the greater part of his nobles por the principal towns ; more efpecially fir Ber-trand du Guefclin, as long he livçd, fir Oliver 4e Cliflbn, conftable of France, the lords de Bean* fnaaoir, de Laval, de Rais, de Dînant, the vifeount de Rohan and the lord de Rochefort, refufed biofc obedience ; and whichever way thefç lords incline the whole duchy follow their example* They were willing, indeed, to fupport him againft any power but France j and truly I muft fay, that the Bretons Jiave çver gallantly defended the honour of France, as will be apparent to any perfoji who. {hall read this hiftory. But let it not be faid, that I haye been corrupted by the favour of count Guy de Bloik (who has in?» duçed me to undertake, and has paid me for this hiftory to my fatisfa&ion), becaufe he was nephew to the rightful duke of Brittany ; for count Lewis of Blois was coufin-german to St. Charles, who, as long as he lived was the true duke. It is. not foj for I will fpeak the truth, and go ftraight fprward, .without colouring one fide more than another, and that gallant prince who patronifed this hiftory neveç wiflied me in any way to aft otherwife. To return to my fubjeft. You have read how the duke of Brittany, when he found he could not manage his fubje£fcs, became fcfpiciou3 of thenvand • fearful


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