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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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other : but, before the duke of Gueldres de- parted, he requefted that the prifoners the French had made in this war might be given up, which was agreed to in the manner he de-firejd. The king of France demanded that all prisoners made from him fhould likewife, be fet at liberty; but the duke of Gueldres excufed himfelf, faying, —€ My lord, that ^ cannot be done : I am a poor man, and when I heard of your march hither, I ftrengthened myfelf as much as poffible with knights from the other fide of the Rhine and elfewhere, agreeing with them, that every thing they might take fhould be their own property. It is not poffible for me, therefore, to defpoil them of what I have given, nor have I the power fa to do; and, fhould I attempt it, they would make war upon me. Be pleafed, therefore, to let this matter remain as it is, for I cannot remedy it.' The king, perceiving he could not obtain any thing more, bore it as well as he could, without adding a word in reply, and comforted himfelf on the greatnefs of his power that could enrich fo many poor perfons. They took leave of each other mutually fatisfied, ' and orders were given for the army to march back to France. It was * faid, the king would hold the feaft of All-faints in the city of Rheims. • • ' . I will now fay a word of the English fleet. 304


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