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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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were ferved around, and every one retired when the king and queen went to their apartments. Thofe ladies who did not lodge in the palace re-turned to their hôtels, to recover themfelves of their fufferings from the heat and crowd. The lady of Coucy remained in her hôtel until it was late ; but the queen, about five o'clock, left the palace, attended by the ducheffes before named, and, mounting an open litter, proceeded through the ftreets of Paris, followed by the ladies in litters, or on horfeback, to the refidence of the king, at the hôtel de St. Pol. She was at-tended by upwards of one thoufand horfe. The king took boat at the palace, and was rowed to his hôtel, which, though it was fufficiently large, there had been erected in the, court, at the en-trance leading to the Seine, an immenfe hall, covered with undrefled cloths of Normandy, that had been fent from divers places : the fides were hung with tapeftry, that reprefented ftrange hif-tories, and gave delight to all who law them. In this hall the king entertained the ladies at a banquet ; but the queen remained in her cham-ber, where (he fupped, and did not again appear that night. The king, lords, and ladies, danced and amufed themfelves until day-break, when the amufements ceafed, and every one retired to his home, each of them to fleep and repofe themfelves, as it was iîill time. I will now fpeak of the prefents the Parifians made to the king, queen, and duchefs of Tou-mhie, who was but lately arrived in France from Lombardy : (he was called Valentine, and was daughter 364


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