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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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proud and crafty people ? The entrance may be eafy enough, but not fo the return ; for, when they know that the king of France and his nobles are in the heart of their country, they will collect together at fome of the paffes they are acquainted with, and of which we are igno-rant, and completely deftroy us. They are the moft avaricious of mankind, and the mot crue} to their prifoners ; for, when they take any in war, they throw them into clofe dungeons, load-ed with fetters, and fuch like prifon furniture : they are cunning enough in thefe matters, in order to obtain a larger ranfom for them. They are in the higheft fpirits when they make cap-tive a nobleman or man of rank,, and carry him with them into Bohemia, Austria, or Saxony, and confine him in some uninhabited caftle, where you muft feek for him. Such people are worfe than Pagans or Saracens, for their extreme covetoufnefs robs them of all ideas of honour. Now, if you conduct the king to fuch a coun-try, and any melancholy event happen, and who can forefee what unfortunate accidents may not occur ? it will be faid that we have advifed him, like traitor*, to his ruin, and not for the welfare of him or the kingdom. But, fhould the king perfift in this expedition (God defend theealm from harm !) whom will he take with him, and what nobles are to attend him ? for he" muft be properly accompanied, and the country, being left empty of ddenders, is in rifk of total defini-tion. Who will now advife the king to under-take this matter in perfon ?'—« What can be ; done MS


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