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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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emperor and his council, the reafons why the king of France was about to enter the German territory with a large army, not with the fmalleft intent to injure that or any other part of the ter-ritories belonging to the emperor, but againft a perfonal enemy. He then named him, and added,—« The duke of Gueldres has thought proper to fend the king of France a moft info-lent challenge, couched in outrageous language, not ufual in fuch cafes, for which the king and his council have determined to punifh him. The king,* therefore, entreats you, dear fire, froip your connections with him by blood, that you will not abet this duke in his prefumptuous conduct, but keep thofe treaties of alliance which have for-merly been made between you and France, as Nhe on his part is refolved to abide by them/ The emperor, in reply, faid,—* Sir Guy, we have fome time been informed, that our coufin, the king of France, has been collecting' a large body of men at arms, at a vaft expenfe, when it was uuneceffary for him to give himfelf fo much trouble for fo fmall an object ; for, had he made his complaints to me, I would have forced the duke of Gueldres to hear reafon without the great expenfe he has been at.' c Sire/ anfwered fir Guy,c you are very kind in thus exprefiing your-felf ; but our lord, the king of France, values neither expenfe nor trouble wherever his honour is concerned ; and his council are folely anxious that you fhould not be diflatisfied with him, for he is determined in no way to infringe the trea-ties that exift between France and Germany ^ S on. 127


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