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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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ready acquainted with the purport of his fending for them. When arrived, they afked what he wanted : he anfwered,—r* My fair firs, I have had time to examine the ftate of my confeienfce ; and I fear I have greatly offended God, by having for a long time erred in my faith ; for I do not believe one word of the Trinity, nor that the Son of God has ever deigned to debafe himfelf by defcending from Heaven, and putting on the human form by being born of woman. • I believe likewife, that when we die, our foul dies with us.' € By holy Mary, Bethifac/ replied the informers, 4 you do indeed err greatly againft the church : confider well what you have faid, for your fpeech de-ferves the flames.' * I know not/ anfwered Be-thifac, c whether my fpeech defervès fire or water, but fuch have been my opinions ever fince I came to understanding, and fuch will they continue as long as I live.V ' . The inquifitors were fo rejoiced at what he had faid, that they would- not for the prefent Iiften to more, but, on their departure, ftri&ly charged the gaoler not to admit to him man or woman left he fhould retra& his opinions, and haftened to lay before the council, what they had heard. They went to the king, in his chamber, and reported what Bethifac had declared. He was greatly af-tonifhed/and faid; 4 We order him to be put to death : he is a wicked wretch, an heretic and thief. We will, that he be burnt and hanged, that he may have the reward he deferves $ nor for any thing 46 ;


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