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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.10

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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.10
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vifit the more diftant parts of It, and particularly Languedoc The lord de la Riviere and fir John le Mercier, at that time his molt intimate ad-vifers, urged him to vifit the pope and cardinals at Avignon, who were defirous of that honour, and thence to go to Touloufe, laying that a king, when young, fhould vifit his realm, to acquaint himfelf with its inhabitants and inquire how they have been governed, as it would redound to his profit and glory, and canfe himfelf to be more beloved by his fubjèâs. The king was fo inclined, and willingly at-tended to all matters of government The lord de la Riviere, who was but lately returned from thofe parts, told him that his fubjc&s in the fenefchalfhips of Touloufe, Carcaflbne and Beau-caire, wwe impatient to fee him; for that the duke of Berry, during his government of that country, had forely oppreffed them with taxes and other impofitions, through the means of one of his familiars, called JJetfcifac*, who had pity on • _ none, * * John BethHac was one of the chief advifers of the duke of Berry, and was acenfed with Tiétac and de Bar, two other domeftics of ttiis prince, of having raifed enormous levies from the Languedocians, over whom the duke was governor, and under his name of having committed great plunder and much violence, and of having put large fums into their own pockets. This report gave rife to the following pafquinade, that is even current in our times: Tiétac, de Bar, et Bethifac, Ont mis l'argent du roi au fac' B 4 # Bethifac 7


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