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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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cafter, ami of the marriageof the lady Catherine with the infant.. . m , The kipg of Franpe laughed and joked much with his:uncle, the duke of Berry, faying,—« Fair uncle, ypu, Jwtve failed in your intended marri» age, for another has feized the lady you meant for your bride. What do you fay to this ? How does your courage fiand?' The duke good^ humouredly replied,— My lord, if I have been difappointed in this, I will addrefs xpyfelf elfe-where.' ... • Thofe prefent began to murmur. about this marriage, and to fay, it had not been conclud- ' ed without fome treaties of alliance having been formed which might be very prejudicial here-after to France ; « for/ added fome who feemed to be fully aware of the confequences, ' fhould England, Caftille, and Portugal unite, and make war upon us, they would be enabled to dp us very ferious ipifchief by fea and land. It will be right for the king of France to fend fome dif-creet perfon to prevent this wicked king, who has thus connected himfelf with a de^d man, (for the duke of Lancafter has neither money nor men) from entering into any treaties without ' the confent of the counfel of France ; otherwife to fay, the king would reduce him to the ftate of » the loweft varlet with the fame eafe with which ' he had raifed him to his prefent ftate ; for at this moment be has no ally ftrong enough to fupgort him. A war with Caftille would now come very opportunely; and, after dethroning this wicked king,


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