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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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him ? Did I mot ftri&ly enjoin you, mi die others who accompanied him, never to return without him, under the forfeiture of your lands ; and yet you have dared to difobey my commands. I now pofitivdy order you to quit my kingdom within four days and return to the prince ; for if you be found on the fifth day, you fhall lofe your Hfe aid dates/ You were afraid to hasard difobedfcnce^ as was natural, and left England. You were fo for*, tunate, that you joined the prince four days before the battle of Poitiers, and had, that day, the com* mand of forty lances, while I had fixty. Now, con* fider if I, who am conftable of Aquitaine, have not the right to take precedency and drink before you do/ ' * The carl of Oxford was much a&amed, and would willingly have been "any where but there* He was forced, however, to bear with what fir Joha Ghandos faid, who fpoke aloud that all might hear •Jum/ After this/ faid another knight, * m ought mot to be furprifed that the duke of Ireland, mho it the jfbn of this earl of Oxford, is not more confederate, and does not keep in his memory yrhzt mzf be told him of his father, inflead of ruling the 'whole kingdom of England, and letting himfelf above the king^s uncles/ * And why fhouid he not do fo/- replied others, 4 fince the king wills it I* • There were great murmurings throughout Eng-land againft the duke of Ireland ; but what injured pen the moft was his conduct to his duchefs, the lady Philippa, daughter of the lord de Coucy earl of Bedford, who Was a handfome and noble lady, 310


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