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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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kl his own caftlc, before he was fent for by tho&* who ruled the ' temporality and fpirituality of France (for the pcrfon who figned himfelf pope Clement, held all'his power in that country through the good will of thefe dukes) to Paris, where he was confined in the prifons of the Louvre. Many in France were affli&ed at this, but they dared only fpeak of it in private. They were indifferent * as to fir John le Mercier, but the lord de la Ri-viere had been courteous* debonair, and patient in hearing poor people, and fuch as were not of rank, to attend his public audiences. It was re-ported in Paris that they wete to be beheaded ; and it was whifpered flanderoufly, to ruin their popularity, that they had been traitors to the crown, and plundered the treafury of great wealth, with which they had kept up their ftate, and built' houfes and fine caftles, while poor knights and fquires, who had expofed their lives in arms for the fervice of the realm, and fold their inheri-tances for fubfiftence, could not obtain any pay-ments, for a long time paft, from fir Oliver de Cliflbn, the lord de la Riviere, fir John le Mer-cier, or from Montagu, who had fled. Their numerous enemies, who were in great ftrength, declared they deferved to die, which put them in great rifk. They urged, as a crime againft them, that they had advifed the king to go tQ Mans, and thence to Brittany, and had, by poi-foned liquors which they gave him to drink, brought on this frenzy -, and it was curfendy re-ported, that the king's phyficians, who had the , care


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