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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
page 340



body are âffeâed by it, and that (his ficknêfs muft be purged away by fome means or other. I fay this, becaufe the duke of Ireland was in fuch favour with the king, that he managed him as he pleafed* and governed him at will* Sir Simon Burley Wat alfo one of the principal advifers ; and between them both they ruled, for a long time, king and kingdom. % . They were fufpe&ed of having amaffed very large fums of money, and it was rumoured they had fent great part of it for fafety to Germany. It had alfo come to the knowledge of the king, his uncles* and the rulers of the principal towns in England, that great cafes and trunks had been fecredy em* barked from Dover-caftle in the night-time, which were faid to contain this money fent fraudulently abroad by them to foreign countries, in confie* ' quence of which the kingdom was greatly impovc* pifhed of cafh. Many grieved much at this, faying, that gold and filver were become fo fcarce as to occafion trade to languilh. JJuch fpeeches increased the hatred to fir Simon Burley, and the coranrif* fioners declared they thought he deferved death. In fhort, they, on finifhing his accounts, condemned him to fttffer this puftifhment, inftigated thereto by p. defire to pleafe the country, and by the archbifhop of Canterbury, who related to the lords that fir Simon wanted to remove the fhrine of St. Thomas from Canterbury to Dover-caftle, as he faid, for •greater fecurity, at the rimç the frenchman ww spelled \ bçt.k was commonly believed that hi meant 32?


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