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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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UT u consequently to the king of England, her eldeft " fon j for they refolved that the fon cannot claim cc any right of fucceffion as coming from his mo ec ther, when the mother herfelf has not any right; % ς fo that, for thefe reafons, the twelve peers and the *? barons of France unanimoully decreed the king c dom of France to my lord Philip, nephew tothe *c good king Philip of France, before-mentioned* " and took from the queen of England and her fon " the right of fucceeding to the laft king, Charles. u Thus, as it appeared to many perfons, did the " kingdom of France go out of the ftraight line of " fucceffion, which occafioned ve*y great wars in ce eorçfequencé, &c." This whole paifage prefects nothing but what muft fet the courage and candour of the hiftorian in the moil favourable light, fhould he even have added 'thefe words, " it appeared to many perfons i" fîncé it is nqt any matter of doubt that the fucceffion pafled from the ftraight line to the collateral branch. Nevsrthelefs, Some malignant intention was thought to lurk beneath, and the words " took " from" having Q&nded feveral readers, they have added in the margin a fort of correction, which I have feen in two manufcripts in a hand almoft as an tient as the manufcripts themfelves: " They never could take away what they had never " been m pofieffion of, nor had any right tp. " They never took it awfcy ; for, neither the " forefaid lady, nor bar fon, had even a right to " it i but Froiffait &ìQws he was partial to the « £ngUOuM Vol.. JL e The


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