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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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was intended, replied, he would cheerfully do fo* and defired the diike to go firft. 1 No,' faid the duke: * go by yourfelf, while I talk a little bett With the lord de Laval/ The conftable, defirous to acquit himfelf, entered the tower and afcended the ftaircafe. When he had pafled the firft floor, fome armed men, who had been there pofted in ambuih, knowing how they were to a&, fhut the door below them* and ad+ vanced on the conftable, whom they feized, and dragged into an apartment, and loaded him with three pairs of fetters. As they were putting them on, they faid,—* My lord, forgive what we are doing; for we are obliged to it by the ftrift orders we have had from the duke of Brittany*.* If the conftable was alarmed, it is no wonder j but he ought not to have been furprifed, for, fince the quarrel which he had had with the duke, he would never come near him, though many invitations and paflports were fent. He was fearful of trufting himfelf with • the duke, in which he was juftified f for, when he did come, you fee the confequences of the duke's hatred, which now burft out. ' When the lord de Laval, who was at the entrance of the tower, heard and faw the door fhut with violence, he was afraid of fome plot againft* his bro* * Thefe excufes were afterwards of no avail ; for the con-ItaWe punifhed them according to their deferts. He only par* tdoned a H}uire, named Bernard, who had the humanity to give nun his cloak, to prderve him ham the dampnef* of the places —Hijl. dt Bretagne, ther* 242


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