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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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fearful left they (hould arret him and confine Mat in one of the king of France's prifons. He left Brit-tany for England, with his houfehold and the lady Jane his duchefs, daughter of that good knight fir Thomas Holland, After flaying there fome time, he went to Flanders^ where he fefided, with bis coufin-german count Lewis, upwards of a year and half, when his country, being more favourable, fent for him back* Some of the towns, however, on his retyrn, continued their rebellion, efpecially Nantes ; but all the barons, knights and prelates iubmitted to him, except thofe whon* I have before named. In order to put them under his obedience, by means of fome of the principal cities which afiented to his p|ans, apd for the purpofe of giving alarm to the king of France and his council, who were de-firous of laying taxes on Brittany fimilar to thofe of France and1 Picardy, which he and the country would never fuffer, he demanded aid from the king of England of men at arms and archers, afiuring the council of England, that if the king or one of fris uncles would come to Brittany, in fufficient force, the whole country would be open, and ready to receive them. King Richard and his council were greatly pleafed on receiving this intelligence, which feemed to them fo good, that they could not do better than accept the offer, fince Brittany was fo well inclined to receive them. They ordered thither the earl of Buckingham, with four thoufand fpears and eight thoufand ajchers, who, having landed at Calais, marchfJ JB85


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