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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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9S9 • loyally towards you and the crown of France, 4 will throw him my glove for him to prove «it.5 Neither the king nor any other perfon made re-ply to this fpeech. Upon which die conftable added,—* Moft noble lord and king, it has hap-pened in Brittany, that while I was executing the duties of your office* the duke had me arretted and confined in his caftle of Ermine ; and would have put me to death, without any other caufe than hit own outrageous will, if God, and brother de Laval* had not affifted me. To deliver myfelf from hit hands, I was conftraîned to furrender to him three ftrong caftles and a hahdfome town, befides one hundred thoufand francs paid down* This infult and lofs, which the duke of Brittany has put on me, moft nearly concerns your royal majefty; for the invafion of England, which I and my compa* nions were eager to attempt, is now put an end to* I therefore refign into your hands the office of con-ftable, for you to make fuch provifion in the matter as you may pleafe : I -will not longer hold what I cannot gain any honour by.* * • € Conftable,9 replied the king, « we hare before heard the great infult you have fuffered, which has been very much to our prejudice as well as to that of the country. We fhall fummon our pçers of France* and conftder how we fhould aâ m fuch - a cafe. Do not you trouble yourfetf about tic matter i for you (hall have ample juftice ^one by us, what* ever may be the confequences.* He then took the conftable by the hand, and made him rife, faying,— 1 Conftable, we will not that you thus refign your S * office,


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