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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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thanked for fo doing, rather than wait until judgment be given againft you, with heavy da-mages. You will alfo regain the good will of your fubjeets, which is certainly worth having, and live in peace with thofe whofe affections you fhould wifti to preferve ; I mean the king of France, who is your fovereign and natural . lord, and my lord of Burgundy and his chil-dren your confins. You have feen an example in your own time in the late earl of Flanders, your coufm^german, who, though a valiant and wife prince, was, through extraordinary events, at the latter end of his days, nearly driven out of his inheritance ; but, by humbling himfelf to the king of France and his uncles, they aflifted him in the recovery of his country/ c Well/ replied the duke, ' I fee fince I have afked your advice, it " will be proper for me to follow what you have faid.' I believe every thing went on well afterwards; at leaft, fuch were the appearances ; for the duke of Brittany, who had hitherto kept pof-feffion of the conftable's caftles, now remanded his men from them, and gave up their pofleflion to the officers of fir Oliver de Ciiffon. This was the firft act of moderation on his part : but it did not fatisfy the king nor council of France, who infilled on the reftitution of the money that had been paid as part of the ran-fom, and that the duke fhould come to Paris, and perfonally make excufes fpr his conduct to the king, in the prefence of the peers of France, and fubmit to fuch punifliment as the king and his 119


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