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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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frill check thé duke** rage/ In effe&, he did foj for, had he not exerted himfelf to the utmoft, there |s not a doubt but that the conftable would have been murdered that night, had he had a thoufand lives. CHAP. XÎXVIJI. FBT CONSTABLE DS CLISSOX, TtiltOltGH THE EX* ' feuTIONS OF THE LORD BE LAVAT., OBTAINS HIS ' £(E|RTY, BY PAYING A LA1GÉ SUM OF ^ONEY^ AND DE LIVER WO UP TO THE IfJKE CY BRIT* T4NY SOME OF HIS CASTLES* JT may be readily believed, that the conftable waç • Hot ac his eafe, when he found himfelf thus en-frapped and ironed, . Hç was guarded by thirty jtten, \vho frere pnable to Comfort him, for they jpould only obey their lord's orders. In bis own ipincj» hie çonfidered himfelf as a dead man ; for he Jiad not the noft diftant bope of any affiftance coming to him. fie had his fetters taken thrice from him, and was ftrçtched on the floor ; for the duke^ it one tipae, would have him beheaded, at another drowned ; apd one or other of thefe deaths he would certainly have fuffered; if it h*d not been |or the lord de Laval. When he heard the duke give orders for the conftable's death, he flung him-felf on his knees, and, with uplifted hands and tears, fp$ i 1 Ah, my lord, for God's mercy, think better 248


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