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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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taxés in Languedoc. Fortune, one inay conclude, played him this trick; and wheii he was feated, as he thought, on the top of her wheel, fee fuddenty turned it round and whirled him in the dirt, as fee has done to thoufands fince the world began. Bethifac was, by thp official, given over to the bailiff of Beziers, who, in * temporal matters, go* verris for the king : without delay, he led him to the fquare before the palace, and made fuch hafte*m that Bethifac had no time to make any defence, nor retraû _ what he had faid ; for when he faw the fire, and that he was put into the hands of the executioner, he was affrighted, and perceived that he had been betrayed. He called aloud to be heard, but no attention whatever was paid to him : he was told,-—* Bethifac, the order Is given, and you mull die : your evil _ deeds have brought you to a difgraceful end/ Much hafte was made,* for the fire was lighted ; and they had erected a gallows and a poft, with,a large collar and chain: they opened the collar by a hinge, and clofed it again, when round his neck, and dragged him to the poft, faftening him thereto with the chain. He cried aloud, faying,-—* Duke pf Berry, they wrongfully and treacheroufly are putting toe to death/ The moment he Was fattened to die ftake, they covered him With ' dry faggots, to which they let fire ; 2nd thus was Bethifac burnt, and his bones hanged: the fquare being in front of the palace, the king of France, if he pleafed, might have witneffed it from the windows of his apart-ments. Such was the miferable end of Bethifac; Voi. X, E - and . '49 •


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