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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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not pretend to %• tfrat it was done from the heart, for on his return to Brittany, very little change was obferved M his conduct He had alfo fwora obedience to the pope of Avignon, but a&ed con* trary to his folemn pledge, for he difclaimed him by words, and would not allow his bulls to have effeft • in his duchy. He was neuter between the two popes in many things, and difpofed of vacant benefices according to his pleafure ; fo that no foreign clerk, unlefs he was pérfeftly agreeable to the duke, could obtain any benefice in Brittany. And with regard to any wrics, or law procefles, which were fent thither from thft parliament of Paris, he held them very cheap, and feemed to expefl: that his own officers fhould take the pre-cedence in all fuch proceedings. The duke deprived even the prelates of Brit-tany of many of their rights, who, though they made loud complaints of this to the parliament of Paris, could not obtain redrefs; for when the duke was fummoned to defend himfelf againft thefe charges in the courts of juftice, he never came nor fent any perfons fufficiently authorifed to anfwer for him. When, by order of the parliament, the king's officers were fent into Brittany to ferve the duke with writs of fummons, they never could fpeak with nor obtain a fight of him, from dif-ferent excufes he made; but, when they had left his country and were returned to Paris, he faid,—-c Yes, to be fure I will go to Paris to hear law! never willl do fuch a thing. Three years ago, I , " _ was 817 ' •


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