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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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ôf very diflferenriy : fpme faid that the king, to ruin the kingdom of France, had been poifoned, or bewitched, the morning before be left Mans* Thefe words were fo often repeated, that they came to the ears of the duke of Orleans and others of the blood-royal. In converfation together, they faid, —c po you hear, (for you muft, unlefs you fhutyour ears) what murmurings there are againft the king's mmifters ? It is reported, and commonly believed, that he has been poifoned or bewitched : now, how can we know whether this has been done or not ?' Some made anfwer, c From his phyficians, for they muft know his habit and conftitution/ The phy-ficians were fent for, and moft ftri&ly examined by the duke of Burgundy. To this examination they replied, è that the king had, for a long time, been iufering under this diforder ; and, knowing that •* this weaknefs of intellect oppreffed him grieyoufly, it would make its appearance.* The duke • of Burgundy told the phyficians, f that in the whole of the matter they had honeftly acquitted thenrfdves, but that the king, from his great anxiety to undertake this war, would not liften to any advice on the fubjeét of his health. Curfed be this expedition, and unhappy is it that ever it waspropofed, for it has been his deftru&ion* and it would have been better that CliiTon and his whole race had been murdered, than that the king had been affiided with luch a diforder.. News of it will be carried every where, and, as he is now but a young man, we who are his uncles, and of his blood, who fhould have advifed Kim, fhall be much blamed, 25 I


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