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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 249



marched through the kingdom of France without meeting any oppofition, although they frequently of-fered battle, as you have before read. ' When they came to Brittany, they expeôedto find all ready to receive them, as they had indeed fuftained a long march, but every thing was contrary to what had been promifed ; for the duke's advifers had managed with fo much prudence, that they had made his peace with the young king of France : had Charles V. been alive, it could not have been done, for he hated him too much. The duke of Burgundy, who was, at that time, at the head of the govern-ment of France, was greatly inftrumental in bring* ing this accommodation about, through the en-treaties of his duchefs, who was very nearly related to the duke of Brittany. He was, in confequence, forced to break all the engagements he had made with the Englifh, from the impoffibility of his keep* ing them ; for Bretons will never firmly join the Englifh in making war on France. They never had, nor ever will have, fuch inclinations. The Englifh were obliged to lodge themfelves in Vannes and its neighbourhood, and to fuffer the greatefl diftrefs and poverty, which deftroyed many of their pen, and all their horfes. When they left Brittany, they were greatly dif* contented with the duke, more particularly the ejtri • of Buckingham, who, on his return to England, made fuch heavy complaints againft him to the king, the duke of Lancafter and the council, that it was refolved by them to give John of Brittany his IK berty, and carry him to Brittany, to wage vp? againft


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