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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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atir to make him fweat; and this practice he had long continued without any vifible harm. He 1 ordered his fervants to warm the bed as ufual ; but this time, either by the will of God or the devil, it turned out very " unfortunate, for the flames fome how fet fire to the (beets, and it could not be extinguifhed before they were de-ftroyed, and the king, who was wrapped up in them, horridly burnt as far as his navel. He did not inftantly die, but lingered on, in great paitt and mifery, fifteen days; for neither furgeon nof phyfician could apply any remedies to prevent his death. ' Such was the end of the king of Na^ varrtf, which, however, freed his poor fubjects from the tax, he would have laid on them. His fon Charles was a young, handfome and gallant knight: he was acknowledged king of Navarre by all his fubjects/and, foon after the obfequies of his Mher, was croSvned in the city of Pam-peluna.* • CHAP. * ' Clark» king of. I^avarre died in 1387* aged 55 years, His death wa* worthy of his life. He was wrapped up in cloths that had been. dipped in fpirit of wine and fulphur to re-animate the chill in his limbs, caufed by his debaucheries*, and to cure hi* leprdfy. • By fome accident, they caught Ire, as they were fe wing them about Mm, aid burnt the fle(h off his bones* It is thus that almoft all the French tyftorians re* late the death of Charles; but in the'letter of the biibop of Dax, his principal mi niter, to queen Blanche, the filter of this prince, and widow of Philip de Valois, there is not one word faid of this horrid accident, but only of the great pains he fufiered i n his lait ifiness, a#d *he rcafignatie^witb wbicfc be bore them. Voltaire pretends that Charles was not worfe than 90


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