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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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French or to the Englifh.; for in thefe wars you feavô diffembled your real fentiments, and have never borne arms either from fummons or entreaties/ • ' Ah, lord Lewis/ faid the count de Foix, c I give you many thanks for having fpoken to me on this fubject, If I have excufed myfelf from bearing arms for either fide, I have, as I think, good reafons for it : the wars between England and France no way concern me, for I hold my country of Beam from God, my fword, and by inheritance. I have not, therefore, any caufe to enter into the fervice, or incur the hatred of either of thefe kings. I know well, that my enemies, the Armagnacs, have done all in their power to put me in the ill graces of both monarchs; for before the prince of Wales marched into Spain, at the inftigation of the count d'Armagnac, he would have made war op me, having a ftrong inclination for it, if fir John Chandos had not prevented him. Thanks, however^ God^ I have always kept myfelf on my guard in as courteous a manner as poffible, and fhall continue to do fo as long as I live : after my death, matters muft take the turn that is natural for them.' Thus did the count de Foix and the marfhal de Sancerre converfe as long as he flaid. On his* departure, the count prefented him with a hand-fome courfer, à fine mule and good hackney, all % of them richly caparifoned. He gave alfo to fir Robert Challies, to fir Richard Dauphin, and to the knights of the marfhal, two hundred franc? each, and to five of his fquires fifty francs. • , When 335


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