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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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know that he is the man whom 1 hate the moft m the world, and, if you had not been here, he fhould not have been alive to-morrow morning ; but your eloquence has faved him. Go to him, and afk if he be willing to pay down one hundred thoufand francs j for I will have no other fecurity but the money ; and furrender to me three caftles and one town, fuch as château Broc, château Joffelin, le Blanc, and the town of Jugon. When he fhall pay his ranfom, and put me, or thofe I may fend thither in poffeffion of thefe places, I will give him his li-berty*/ 1 My - lord/ replied the lord de Laval, * I' give you a thoufand thanks for having fo gra-cioufly liftened to my entreaties: be affured that all you aik {hail be granted : the town and caftles ftxall be given up, and the nfoney paid before he leave this place/ The lord de Laval was rejoiced beyond meafure when he found his brother thus freed from prifon and death. He had the gate of the tower opened* which could not be done but by the duke's order, and, mounting the ftaircafe, found the conftable much alarmed (for he was expe&ing every moment to be put to death), and chained down with three pairs of fetters; but, when he faw the lord de * The hiftorian of Brittany, dom Morice, mentions the fol-lowing caftle* and places which the duke infifted on having, with the hundred thoufand francs, for the ranfom of the conftable: Joffelin, Lam balle, Broon, Jugon, Blein, ' Guingamp, La Jtochederrien, Chaftellaudren, Clifton, and Château-gui, which were ftrong places, fome belonging to the conftable, and others to John of Brittany, count de Penthievre, . Laval,


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