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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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CHAP. XLIX. f HE DUKES OF YORK AND GLOCESTER, UNCLES TO THE KING, CONFEDERATE, WITH OTHER BARONS, AGAINST HIM AND HIS COUNCIL. THE PEOPLE ARE DISCONTENTED WITH THE DUKE OF IRE-LAND.—THE LONDONERS, THROUGH THE IEANS Of THE DUKE OF GLOCESTER AND HIS FRIENDS, OBTAIN, FROM THE KING, THAT A DAY SHOULD BE FIXED FOR THOSE WHO HAD MANAGED THE FINANCES TO RENDER AN ACCOUNT OF THEM. Y OU have beforfe heard, that the dukes of York and Glocefter had confederated with the earl of Salifbury, the earl of Arundel, the earl of Northumberland, the earl of Nottingham and the archbifhop of Canterbury, againft the king and his council, with whom they were very much difiatis-fied. They faid,—4 This duke of Ireland doth with the king and the realm.as he pleafes : the king has only bafè knaves about his perfon, without any re-gard to noblemen ; and as long as he attends to no other advice than that of thofe now near him, things cannot go on well ; for no kingdom can profper when governed by wicked men. It is well known j that when a poor perfon is exalted and fupported by his lord, he corrupts the people, and deftroys the country ; for what can a bafe-born man feel of honour : his fole wifh is to enrich himfelf, juft like : X % the 307


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