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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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daughter to the duke of Milan. She had this year been married to the duke of Touraine, and had never been in Paris before this public entry of the queen : the citizens, therefore, were bound to bid her welcome. About twelve o'clock, forty of the princi-pal citizens of Paris, ' all uniformly dreffed, waited on the king at his hôtel of Saint Pol, bringing a prefent they had difplayed through the ftreets of the town. Their gift was in a very richly worked litter, borne by two ftrong men, dreffed as favages. This litter was cover-ed with a tranfparent crape of filk, through which might be feen the magnificent things it contained. On their arrival, they advanced to the king's chamber (which was open and ( ready prepared to receive them, as their coming was knowij, and welcome is always made to thofe who bring gifts) - and, having placed the litter on veffels, in the midft of the apartment, they calls themfelves on their knees, and thus fpoke : 4 Moft beloved lord and king, your citizens of your good town of Paris prefent to you the plate that is contained in this litter, as tokens of their joy that you have taken the government of the kingdom into your own hand s.' ( Many thanks, my good people/ replied the king : c they are fair and rich/ The citizen then rofe up, and, having taken leave of the king, withdrew. When they were gone, th* king 365


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