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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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SOS the otter, who, on entering a pond, devours all the fifh therein. Whence comes it that this duke of Ireland hath fuch power over the king, (we know his origin) and governed! til England at his plea-fure, while the king's uncles are difregarded ? Such conduct is not longer to be fuffered. " We are., not ignorant who the earl of Oxford was, and that in this country he had not one good quality, either of fenfe, honour or gentility allowed him/ ' Sir John Chandos/ added a knight, * made him feel this very (harply once, at the palace of the prince of Wales, at St. Andrews, in Bordeaux/ * How fo ?f demanded another, who wiflied to know the parti* culars. €. I will tell you/ replied the knight, € for I was prefent. Wine was ferving round to the prince of Wales and a lafge party of englifh lords, in an apartment of his palace § and, when the prince had drank, the cup was carried to fir John. Chandos, as conftable of Aquitaine, who took it and drank, without paying any attention to the earl of Oxford, father to this duke of Ireland, or defiring him to drink firft. After fir John Chandos had drank, one of his fquires prefented the wine to the earl of Oxford ; but, indignant that Chandos had drank before him, he refufed it, and faid, by way of mockery, to the fquire who was holding the cup, 4 Go, carry it to thy matter, Chandos ; let him drink/ c Why fhould I go to him ? for he has drank. Drink yourfelf, fmce it is offered you; for, by St. George, if you do not, I will throw it in your face/ The earl, afraid left the fquire fhould execute what he had faid, for hfe was bold enough to


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