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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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in * other affairs, he fhewed great good fenfe, ho-nour and liberality, he had behaved infamoufly to the daughter of the lord de Coucy, whom he had married, and without any reafons, except tempta-tion and deceit, he had divorced and taken another ifeife, who was from Bohemia, and one of the ladies attached to ' the queen of England. The king and queen had improperly and finfully con-fented to this ; and pope Urban had, at their en-treaties, fent from Rome a difpenfation for the marriage. This new marriage not only wounded the reputation of the duke of Ireland, but was the principal caufe of his ruin. The lord de Coucy was one of the king of France's council, and very defervedly in favour, from the fervices he had done, and was willing to do his country : he therefore, with the affiftance of his friends, fir Oliver de Cliffon, the lord de la Riviere and fir John le Mercier, prevailed on the king to difmifs the duke of Ireland. Orders were, in confequence, fent him from the king, to choofe any other refidence but France, and that he fhould be fafely conduced out of that kingdom. The duke of Ireland perceived they were tired of him, and that he ran daily rifks, from the lord de Coucy and from his relations. He therefore thought it would be beft for him to leave France as foon as poflible, and retire to Brabant; and begged of the king to write to the duchefs of Brabant, that he might live peaceably in her country. The king cheerfully complied with his requeft, and wrote to bis aunt, the duchefs, who at his defire affented to it. ' The 10


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