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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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# thing my uncle of Berry (hall fay, will I pardon him-9 News was foon fprcad through Beziers and other* places, that Bethifac had of his own free will, without the leaft conftraint, confefled himfelf an heretic and fodomite, which praâice he had long followed, and that the king had condemned him to be burnt and hanged. The inhabitants of Beziers were pleafed at this, for he was much hated by them. The two knights from the duke of Berry were thunderftruck, and knew not how to aâ: at length fir "Peter Mefpin, addrefiing himfelf to the lord - de Nantouillet, faid,—I fufpeft that Bethifac has been betrayed, and that fome one, who has been to fee him in7 prifon, has frightened him, and advifed him to accufe himfelf ; and that, if he perfift in owning himfelf guilty of thefe horrible and infamous crimes, the church will claim him to be tried according to its canons, and he will be delivered up to the pope at Avignon. Ahj she blockhead will be deceived! for I have already heard the king has declared he fhall be burnt and hanged. Come, let us haften to his prifon, and remonflxate with him on his folly, and make him retratft all he has (aid, for he has been betrayed by faife friends/ The two knights immediately went from their lodgings to the prifon, and demanded from the .gaoler to fpeak with Bethifac. The gaoler ex-cufed himfelf, faying,—* My lords, I am particu-larly ordered, as well as thefe four ferjeants at $rms, who have been fent hither by the king, not 47


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