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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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and lie knew well how to acquît himfelf. The duke received him moi honourably, raifed him up in his arms, and took him by the hand to lead him into an. apartment, for they had met in the hall. Sir Helion then gave him the letters he had been charged with from the duke of Berry. The duke, having opened and read "them, advanced towards fir Heliôn, who de-clared the bufinefs he had been ^ fent on. The duke very courteoufly replied, and faid to fir Helion, he was welcome ; that the matter he was come to treat 90/ was of fuch importance, it was neceflary he fhould deliberate with his council thereon, and that he could not inftanUy ^ive him a decided anfwer. Sir Helion de Lignac remained at Bayonne with the duke of Lancafter and his knights up-wards of a month, and was treated moft kindly by words and otherwife, and made to under-ftand that the duke was not unwilling to accept of" the duke of Berry's propofals ; but this was -not the fact, for all thefe fine fpeeches and de-lays were fictions, and folely ufed to give more publicity to what was going forward, more ef-Specially that it fhould be known in the kingdom of Caftille, for there his affections were placed-* The duke of Lancafter faid to fir Helion, thajt if his coufin of Berry married his daughter, he xnuft unite all his force with him to wage war on his adverfary of Caftille, that his daughter's inheritance might be recovered. * Sir Helion, in reply, faid,— My lord, I am not charged to fay any thing refpecting this matter : you, will, before 173


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