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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
page 47



- On the-morrow, alter his- morning-draught, he fet off and came to Beziers, where he was received moft joyfully ; for the good people of that town, and the adjoining ones of Pezenas, Cabeftan and Narbonne *, were anxious to fee him, in order to make their complaints againft an officer of the duke of Berry, called Bethifac, who had im-r poverifhed the country all around, by feizing whatever he could lay his hands on. This Bethifac had attended the king's company ever fince he had left Avignon; but the king's minifters, who fought his ruin, never told him, * Bethifac, look to jourfelf, for very ftrift inquiries will be made into your management : there have already been made very heavy accufations againft you to the king.' But, on the contrary, they made him good cheer, joked and laughed with him, and promifed him increafed honours, in which he was difap-pointed, as I fhall fhortly relate. The king of France left St. Thibery at one o'clock in the afternoon, and between three and four entered the town • of Beziers. He was met ' by the bifhop and all the clergy in their robes, and the citizens, ladies and damfels in procefEon : they formed a lane, through which he rode a foot's pace; and, as hè pafled, they all fell on , their knees. ' In this manner was he conduûed to the cathedral, and difmounted at the portico, where had been, ereûed a rich altar, adorned with holy '* Pezenas, Cabeftan and NaYbonne, towns in Lower Lan-guedoc, ^ " " " relics 38


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