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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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to -fôfièr my one to conyerfe with -the prîfoncr, under pain of our lives ; and this command of the img-Nre dare not difobey.* The knights perceived all further attempt Would be vain, for it was over wkh 'Bethifac, and that he imift die ifor the* crimes of which he had been wickedly induced to stccufe Mntfeftv They then returned to their inn, paid their expenfes, mounted their horfes, and fet out on their return to thé duke of Berry. y • The end of Bèthifec • was, that about ten o'clock in the morning of^ftie next day he was carried fronr prifon to the palace1 of the bifhop, where were affembled his judges and the official of the bflhop^s court. The baîRff :qf Beziers,' under whofe care ht had been committed priforier, faid to the officers of the^ bifhop / 4 Here w Bethifac, whom we de* liver to you: as: a fodomke, an heretic, and one crying gready'sgaihft thé fakh/ who, had he not been a clcrk^ fhould have been ^unified by us accordihg to hb defense ' ^ .... The official demanded if he were fuch a perfon as he had been reprefented, and that he would, in the; hearing of the people, avow ^ or deny i£ Be-thifac, who ëxpe&ed to efcape, by 'confeffihg hhn-felf guilty, replied, tfoat the charges were true. He was thrice afked this queftion, and- thrice ac-knowledged it aloud. You may fuppiofe how grofsly he muft have been deceived : had tie kept firm to the defence he had made to the àccufat-lioûs brought againft him, he would have been acquitted ; ' for the duke of Berry had taken upon himfelf all the charges of extortion^ in railing the * * ' taxe*


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