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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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M minated, arid the writing much ornamented : it waa f$ befides, bound in crimion velvet, with ten filver u gilt nails, and a golden rofe, in the midft óf two " clafps gilt,, richly chafed with gold rofes. Then," continues Frciffart, the king enquired what fub*€ je£t it treated of ; and I told him, of love. He " was delighted with this anfwer, and looked into ς ς different parts of the book, and read therein; for, i C he read and fpoke French perfeâly well. He ί β then ordered one of his knights, named fir *e Richard Credon, to carry it to his cabinet ; and *ς he feemed much obliged to me for it." Henry Caftede, an Englifii efquire, who had been prefent at this coiiverfation, and who knew befides that Froiffart was writing his hiflory, coming up to him, enquired if he had been informed of the details of the conqueft which the king had jufl made in Ireland, Froiflart pretended to be ignorant of them, in order to engage thp efquire in converfation, who took pleafure' in recounting them to him. Every thing the hiftorian heard, among the reft, the repaft which the king of England gave in Ire land to the four kings, after having conquered them, excited in him very great regret, for not hav ing come to England a year fooner, as he was pre paring to do, wherç thç news of the death of queen Anne of Luxembourg, Richard's firft wife, made him alter his intentions : he would not have failed tp have gone to Ireland, to have feen every thing Jumfelf ; for, he was much interefted in cólleuing the minuteft cirçuïnftances of this expedition, in order


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