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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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until he ihould cisar himfelf from thefa heavy charges* This he obeyed, for he could not help it ; and, as focm as he was gone, the inquifitorc went to his houfe, and feized all his papers and accounts of whatever things he had been concerned in, carrying them away to fearch, into them more at letfure. They discovered a variety of tranfac-tions, and accounts of large fums that he had ex-torted from thefe countries. He was aflced, if thefe accounts were juft^ and what had • become of the large fums he had re* ceived ; he anfwered, € that the accounts were juft ; that the whole amount had been paid to hk lord of Berry, and had pafled through his hands, or thole of other treafurers, for which he had re-ceived legal acquittances, that were in fudi a place of his houfe.' Perfons. were fent thither, who laid them, before the couriril : and they were founds on comparing them, to tally tolerably well with the accounts of receipt. The inquifitors and the council were fatisfied^ and Bethifac was no longer clofely confined. The council conferred together, and faid,-—4 Bethifac is clear from this accufation j for it is apparent, that all • the fums; the people complain of having been exa&ed from them have been paid to the duke of Berry. How can we help.it if thefe fiuni have been • extravagantly fpent ?' Bethiiac's defence was nothin§a. but the truth § lor this duke pf Berry, was the moft inavetousimail alive, and if he could only get money, cared*fiiot by what means; ancLwhen he. had it, be nriferably expended


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