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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 185



before my departure, write down what you ex-pect, and I will carry it to the duke of Berry, whofe affection is, I know, fo ftrong towards you, that he will enter into all reasonable alli-ances you may propofe.' * We wiûi for nothing more,' faid the duke. Things remained in this iiate during the time of fir Helion's refidence at Bayonne, where he was gaily entertained ac-cording to the orders the duke had given. In the mean while, news of this intended mar-riage was every where fpread abroad ; and., ' in particular it\ was carried to thé court of king Joh;n of Caftille by thofe who ftiid,-^-' Do you know what is going forwards ? There are import-ant treaties negotiating with the dukes of Berry and Lancafter, for a match t between the duke of Berry and the lady Catherine; and, if this he concluded, as there feems every probability, it will not be done without ftrong alliances being made'between them. The duke of Berry has at this moment great power : he is the elder uncle of the king of France, and takes the lead in the government of that country. He will fucceed in whatever lie may propofe, as to peace or long truces with England : and, on the other hand, the duke of Lancafter ftahds in th^ fame relation to the king of England, is wife and of great power ; and, as it fhould feern, the Englifli are tired of war. If therefore, by means' of this connection with France, a firm peace fhould be eftablished with England, we shall have the war to fupport alone ; for the duke of Lancaster will not give up tamely ïiî's - ' ' ' ' ' * claims 174


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