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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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d'Oftrevant plainly (hews that his heart is more inclined to England than France, when he thus accepts the order of the Garter, which is the de-vice of the kings of England* He is purchafing the ill will of the court of France and of my lord of Burgundy, whofe daughter he has married, and a time may copie for him to repent of it. However, to fay the truth, he muft know what concerns him beft: but he was well beloved by the king of France, his brother the duke of Touraine and all the royal family ; fo that, when he came to them at Paris or elfewhere, they (hewed him more kind-nefs than to any other of their cpufins.' Thus was the count d'Oftrevant blamed by the French without the fmalleft eaufe ; for what he had done was no way to injure the crown of France, nor his coufins and friends of that country. No-thing was farther from his mind than any hoftility to the king of France ; but he had accepted the Garter to oblige his coufins in England, and oh occafion to be a mediator between the two coun-tries. .When he took the oaths ufual on the ad-miflion of knights to the order, it ought to be known , publicly that nothing was faid or done prejudicial to France, nor any treaties entered into with th^t intent. I mention this, fince it is im-poffible to prevent the envious from fpreading abroad their tales. . • When the entertainments at Windfor had lafted a fufficient time, and the king had made hand-fome prefents to the knights and fquires of France, particularly to the young count d'Oftre-Q^4 vantt SSI


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