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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
page 340



as you fay, for I permit the clergy of my duchy to provide themfelves with bulls from pope Cle-ment; but. I objeâ: to ftrangers having the fame liberty, and will tell you why I refufe it. They want to carry all the profit of the benefices out of the country, without ferving them. Thii is fo contrary to reafon, conference and juftice, that I will never confent to it. You fay my conduâ was rebellious and haughty, refpeding the king's fer-geants that came with writs into my country of Brittany. I neither am rebellious nor wifli to be fo. You ought to know, or, if you do not, you (hould learn, that the fief of Brittany is fo noble, no law proceedings can take effe& unlefs the dukej its natural lord, ihall hold an.open court of juf-tice, to hear caufes, and the reafon s why any ap-peals may be made thence, and to fee that the officers, who bring writs of appeal or fumraons, do their duty regularly : fhould there be fergeants or , other officers in my duchy negligent, or againft whom ftrangers have caufe of complaint, I would punifh them feverely, for a warning to Qthefs. In addition to what I have faid, that the king's council do many reprehenfible things, they plainly difcover their inclinations to encourage the hatred of the king agaiçft me: the proof is clear, by their fuffering my coufin, John of Blois, to a£t in two inftances very injurioufly againft me : the firft is, the figning himfelf John of Brittany, as if, by bearing this name, he could form a claim on thç inheritance of that duchy ^ but he cannot have any right, becaufe I have ' children, a fon and 331


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