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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
page 177



dared by France, as it mod certainly will be uhlefs you confent to a reconciliation/ should the' duke of Lancafter marry his daughter to the duke of Berry; and this he will do, for where cari he ally himfelf better in regard to the re-covery of his inheritance ? The majority of pre-lates, barons, knights and principal towns of the duchy are in oppofition to you. We therefore fay, fince you'afk our advice, that it is at this moment more than ever requifite for you to cons-ider well your fituation, and to avoid riflring' the lofs of your country, which has coft you fo much labour arçd blood to gain. We know how great your hatred is to fir Oliver de Ciiffon, and that you have mutually shewn your diflikes to each other ; but you muft foften it fome little, at leaft in appearance, for fince the king of France, his uncles and barons have taken up his quarrel, they will fupport him: he is and will continue their conftable. Had the late king been alive, who loved him fo much, and you had acted the fame, we know it would have coft the king half his kingdom, but he would have made you fuffer^ for the injury done him. The prefent king, his fon, is young, and does' not pay that attention to affairs which may be expected from him, if he live, ten years hence : he is coming on the liage, and you are going off. Should you, therefore, engage in a new war with France, after all we have faid, it will be contrary to our opinions, and to thofe of every man who has any attachment to you. YQU muft diffemble at prefent what your real inclinations 168


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