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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.1

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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.1
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having read them, iaid, *« that fiace he had been of ** the houfehold of his grandfather and of the " queen his grandmother, he muft be ftill of the « houfehold of England." Froiffart, however, had not yet been able to prefent to the king the romance of Meliador, which he had brought with him; and Percy advifed him to wait a more favourable opportunity. Two im* portant objects occupied the mind of Richard ; one was his intended marriage with Ifabella of France ; the other, the opposition of the people of Acquitaine to the donation which he had made of that province to his uncle, the duke of Lancafter. The prelates and barons had been fummoned to EUham, to deliberate on thefe two affairs ; and. Froiffart had followed the court. He wrote down regularly all be heard in his converfations with the different Englilh lords ; and Richard Sturry, who was of the King's cabinet council, entrufted him, in confidence, with every refolution they had determined upon, begging him only to keep them fecre; until they ihould be publicly divulged. At lait, on the Sunday which followed the hold* ing of this council, the duke of York, fir Richard Sturry, and fir Thomas Percy, finding the king but little occupied, mentioned the romance which Froiffart had brought with him. The prince aiked to fee if ; and the hiftorian fays, " he faw it in his " chamber; for, I had it always with me, and *« placed it upon his bed. He then opened and M looked into it, and was greatly plcafed : indeed, " he uught to have been pleafed ; for it was illu w minated,


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