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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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prevent them From being put into execution. It is truly faid, that a too great defile to * accomplifh an objeft clouds the underftanding, and that vi-cious inclinations overrule virtue. "* Thus it "hap-pened to fir Peter de Craon, whofe eagernefs to deftroy the "conftable made him liften to the conn-fels of folly and madnefs. * " He had fecured a fafe retreat with the duke of Brittany, after the deed fhould be done and the conftable dead, without fear of any fearch being there made for him, for the duke had promifed him an afyhim; and, fhould the king of France follow him with a powerful army to Brittany, in one night he could- embark * and fail for Bayonne, iourdeaux or England, where hé could not come after him. The Englifh mortally hated Cliffon, ?dr bis great feverity to therti from the time he had turned to the French: before: that period he was ftrongly connected with * them, and had done the crown effential fervices; as you have had it related in this hiftory. * • » •' * Sir Peter de Craon long brooded over * this in-tended deed, without mentioning it to anyone: 1 know not if he even told it to the duke of Brit-tany. ' Some think he mufl: have difclofed it to 'him ; but others thought the contrary : the firft opinion; however, was flrengthenedj if not con-firmed, by fir Peter and his accomplices returning hy the fhorteft road, and as etfpeditioufly as pof-' fiblè, to Brittany, inftantly after the affaffination, as to a place of refuge. - In addition to this, he (old all the caftles and eftates he held ia. Anjou to the


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