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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.9

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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.9
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gon. Thefe two kingdoms are allied, the one to Caftille, and the other to France. Arragon has already fhewed its fpite, for the fénéfchal of v Bourdeaux informs ns, that fince our arrival in this country, he has thrown the archbifhop of Bourdeaux into prifon at Barcelona, who had gone thither to demand from the king the ar-rears that are due to England. Should we fend to afk paffports from France, the journey would take up too much time; and, when our meflen-ger fhould be arrived, we have little hopes that the king, who is young, or his council, would grant them ; for the conftable of France,, fir Oliver de Gliflbn, hates us mortally, and this is increafed by his imagining his enemy, the duke of Brittany, intends turning to England/ Others, who were farther fighted and of more -fenfe, (aid,—* Let all doubts be laid afide. The beft thing we can do is to try the king of Caf-tille, who may perhaps not only allow us to pafs peaceably through his country, but aifo obtain for us the fame permiflion from Arragon, France and Navarre.* This meafure was adopted, and a herald, called • Derby, fent for, to whom were given letters ad-drefled to the king of Caftille. The herald fet off, and followed the road to Medina del Campb, where the king then refided, When in his pre-fence, he caft himfelf on his knees and prefented his letters, which were written in French. When the king had read them, and underftood their meaning, he fpiiled, and, turning to a knight who was the fteward of his houfehold, faid,-~ fT#:e pare of this herald : he iball have his anfwer 11"


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