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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.11

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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.11
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property, without including any part of his heri-tage, amounted to feventeen hundred thoufand francs, to the great aftoniihrncnt of all who heard^ it, as to the means by which he had been able, ta amafs fo large a fum. The dukes of Berry and, Burgundy, in particular, were much furprifed, as ' well as their councils, for the conftable was not anyway in favour with them ; fo that, when among themfelves, they thus fpokc very freely on the fubjeft : c How the devil can this conilable have colle&ed fuch an immenfe fum of florins, and fuch fplendid furniture ? The king of France has nothing like it. We muft fuppofe that it has not been lawfully acquired/ This paflèd off;' bût thofe who hated him did not think the fcfs of it. The king was ftii at Paris, though his prepa-rations were ready j and all who had been fum-moned to accompany the expedition to Brittany were aflembling accordingly. * The duke of Bur-gundy was, however, much vexed at this war, faying it was made without reafon, and would end badly ; for neither France nor Brittany, nor their knights and fquiret, were any way concerned in the quarrel between fir Oliver de Cliflbn and fir Peter de Craon ; nor had they any bufinefs to make war on their [account, but fhould let them fight it out themfelves, without thus deftroying and hat-raffing the poor of both countries. The duke of Berry was of the fame opinion j but they could not be heard, for the king had other coiinfellors to whom he liftened in preference. They knew not, therefore, how to prevent the war frorh taking B 3 ' 1 ' * " place, 5


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