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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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, 3ii king, «èelbn ta a bâtard, «he king might beftow the crown on his brother, the duke of Tonraine, who is not over rich;'he would govern it? wifely, and defend it valiantly. How couM this king of Caftille think of entering into any treaty what-ever with the duke of Lancafter unknown to oar king, who has fo generoufly affiled him in his diftre&; and had it not been for the blood of France, he muft have loft his realm. He bargains well, and has now done fo ; but let it be as we lay, and he will be deferted and difgraced; and, in God's name, let fuch an envoy be fent thither as will be attended to, and make him feel bow very ill he has behaved/ Thefe murmnrings increafed fo much that the king, his uncles and council, deliberated whom they fhould fend to remonftrate with the king of Caftille, that he enter not, at his peril, into trea-ties with the duke of Lancafter and the Englifh any way detrimental to the crown of France. If he had done fo, or intended it, he was to be told, that the power of France would debafe him as much, if not more than it had exalted him, and that the king and his countryjwould not attend to any other thing before they had completed his deftruction. It was long debated who would be the propereft perfon to fend thither; for it was agreed it fhould be fome one of courage and weD fpoken, as it would be fruitlefs fending impie perfects on fuch a mefiage» Three were named; the lord de Coucy, fir John de Vienne admiral of -France, and fir Guy de la Trimouille, and either of


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