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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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thought they were come to lead Mm to execution. On feeing the lord de Laval, his fpirits were raifed, and ftill more when he faid, c Lord de Beaumanoir, rejoice : your liberty is granted/ On this, his fet-* ters were taken off, and be was led into an apart* ment, whither the conftable was alfo conducted, and placed between them. Wine and plenty of provifion were brought, mnd the whole of the houfe-hold were much pleafed when they heard how mat-ters were going on, and that all would end well.. They had very unwillingly witnefled what had been done to the conftable and the lord de Beaumanoir ; but they could not help it, bound as they were to. obey their lord's orders, right or wrong. From the time the drawbridge had been raifed, and the gates fhut, no perfon whatever had entered the caftle ; for the keys were in the duke's chamber until he was awakened, which was not fooner than nine o'clock, when he arofe. This alarmed thofe fquires and varlets who were waiting without, and they knew not what to think of it. News of what had pafled was already carried to Treguier, where they faid,—c Do you know what has happened ? The duke of Brittany has imprifoned, in his caftle of Ermine, the conftable of France, the lord de Laval and the lord de Beaumanoir, and, it is fup-pofed, will murder them, if he has not already dpne it/ Knights and* fquires werfe aftoniftied, and de-plored the event, faying,—c Our expedition is at an end, for we fhall lofe the fine weather. Ah, con-liable! how unfortunate have you been to fuffer weak counfel to deceive you. The parliament held 2S2


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