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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 187



1.76 ttrgal. The fon, by the princefs of Àrragon, was a promifing youth, thçugh very young. The council of Castille, in reply to the king's demand, faid,—* Sire, we can only fee one re-medy to avert the evils that may be confequent to this marriage with the duke of Berry/ c What is it ?* asked the king. € It is the infant don Henry your fon, who is alone capable of pre-venting this match ; for we are perfuaded, that if the duke and duchefs of Lancaster were in-formed you were willing to unite him with the lady Catherine, they would prefer him to the duke of Berry.' * In God's name,' anfwered the king, 'you fay well, and I will instantly fet about it ; for our fubjects will be, quite fatis-*fied, that by fuch a marriage they will have peace with England on fea and land. Now, confider of the most proper perfons to fend to treat with the duke of Lancaster.' € Sire, it is neceffary you should, in this mat-ter, employ thofe of the greatest prudence and fagacity, and that it be treated with the ut-most fee recy, lest you incur the hatred of the king of France. Great jealoufies are now abroad, and perfons are more eager to report fcandal than good actions, for evil reports are fooner made public than others. When it shall be told to the court of France that you are in treaty with the duke of Lancaster, they will wish to know the fubject and the particulars, lest it may prejudice the strong alliance the late king, your father, of worthy memory, entered into with them, and on which account the French ha\ ^ affisted you in


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