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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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I wifli now to return, to the countefe of Montfort, who poffeffed the courage of a man, and the heart of a lion. Shç was in thè city of Rennes when flie heard pf the fcizure of Ijer lord ; and, UQtWitbftariding the' great grief flie had at heart, flie jiid all ihe could to comfort and reanimate her friends and foldiers : fliewing them a young child, e called John after his father, flie faid, - Oh, gentle from the tower of fhe Louvre, where he had been Confined rrpwards of three years. Some perlons, touched with com panion, difguifed him as a merchant, and affifted him in his es cape. He went direéUy to England, and found king Edward at Weflminfter, who had juft written to the pope, to complain of the infractions Philip de Valois was making on the truce concluded at Malettroit, and to explain the reafons he had for declaring war againft him. Hé was folely occupied with the great armament he was preparing againft France, and on the war he intended to carry on.in Gafcony. Neverthelefs, he thought proper to grant fome troops to the earl of Mtontfort, to fupport hini againil Charles de Élois ; the command of which he1 gave to William Bohun, earl of Northampton, whom he had nominated his lieutenant-general, as well in Brittany as in France. * The earl of Montfort, before he quitted England, paid homage liege to the king, for the duchy of Brittany, at Lambeth, in the apartment of the archbifliop, in prefence of the ear} of Northampton, and feveral other lords. ' * He embarked with the troops for his duchy—made an unfuccefsful attackon Qnimper, which he did not long fur w vive. He died the 26th September, 1345, in the caftle of Hennebop, and was firft buried in the church of the Holy Crofs at Kimperlé, but was afterwards transferred to the church of the Dominicans, in the fame town. Before his death .he made a will, and appointed the king of England guardian to his fon John of Brittany.'—Htft. de Bretagne. Τ 3 men,


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