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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
page 251



all afts of law and juftice to every one, in his name, and alfo to coin money in gold andfil ver. Thefe letters commanded all thofe in the Empire, and all his òtjier fubjefts, to obey his vicar*, as himfelf, and that they îhould do fealty and homage to him as vicar of the Empire. Several knights and lords fwore fealty and homage before him, and fome took advantage of the opportunity of pleading their caufes, as if before the emperor, and they were judged as lawfully as if in his prefence. On this occafion an ancientftatute was renewed and confirmed, which had been made in former times at the court of the emperor ; it direfted, that any one meaning to hurt or annoy another îhould fend him a fufficient defiance three days before he çommited any hoftile aft ; and that whoever fliould aft otherwife îhould be degraded as an evil doer. When all this was completed, the lords took their leave, and gave each other their mutual.promifes to be fully equipped, without delay, three weeks after the feàft of Saint John, tofit down before the city of Cambray, which ofright belonged to the emperor, but had turned to the French. The lords then fet out each for his home, and king Edward, as vicar of the Empire, returned to Louvain to his queen, who had lately arrived there with miany of the nobility, and well accompanied by ladies and damfels, from England. The king and queen kept their courts there in greatftate during all the winter, and caufed plenty of gold andfil ver coin to beftnick at Antwerp. The


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