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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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intolerable, that the barons who remained alive in England, neither could nor would fuffer it any longer. They required and entreated that all pri vate quarrels ihould be made up ; and fent fecretly to inform the queen (who had at this time remained in Paris three years), that if ihe could colled about a thoufand men at arms, and would come at the head of them herfelf, with her fon, into England, they would immediately treat with her, and obey him as their lawful fovereign *. The # John le Bel, according to what M. Lancelot fays in one of his Memoirs refpefting Robert d'Artois, has been much miftaken in the object of Ifabella's journey to France and the time ihe went thither. It related to the homage due from Edward the Second to Charles, King of France. Charles had feized on parts of Guyenne ; and the Spencers fent the queen to France to make up the matter with her brother, and alfo to keep her at a diftance, as they knew ihe diiliked them. There is à letter in Rymer, from king Edward to pope John XXII . dated Maroh 8th, 1324, in which he fays lie has determined to fend the queen to France to treat with her brother. This date is remarkable, becaufe FroifTart places the jottrney of the queen two years earlier : for he fays the queen of England remained at Paris three years. Now it is certain flie returned to England the 22a of September, 1326 ; ihe muft, therefore, have arrived in France in 1323. But FroiiTart is miftaken ;—her journey was pofterior to the expedition againil Guyenne, which lafted from May, 1324, to the end of September in the fame year ; confequently her refidence in France and Hainault was only about eighteen months. The fame hiftorian miftakes the «bjeA of her journey. He fuppofes her iole motive for going to France was to demand protection from the


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