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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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pud from the pay of poor'knights and fqutfes, as is well known at the chancery and treaftiry, where it is all written down. • In the expeditions to Flan-ders, he raifed and received large fums of money, as well as in that which the king made into Ger-many. All the taxes for the war, and'the payment of the men at arms, paffed through his hands. Hé paid himfèlf and others as he pleafed, keeping the better part, without any one daring to fay a word againft it.' In fuch terms was fir Oliver de Cliflbn accufed behind his back ; and the proverb fays truly, that thofe whom neceflity forces to fell have never a fair offer.' The duke of Brittany caufed it to be rumoured throughout his country, that whenever the dukes of Berry and Burgundy fhould pleafe, he" could eafily reduce the lord dé Cliflbn to the loweft ftate ; but at the moment he left him undifturbed, • to fee what turn affairs would take, for he expe&cd, from the meafures then purfuing, the lord de Cliflfon muft be deprived of the conftableftiip. • The dukè of Brittany and fir Peter de Craon were thus fudddenly relieved from all anxiety by the favour of dame Fortune, who, ever in motion, exalts thofe who leaft expeft it, and tumbles others Into the dirt from the top of her wheel. 1 • " r Sir Oliver de Cliflbn, the lord de la Riviere and fir John le- Mercier were principally accufed of being the authors of the king's^ illnefs ; and it was, 58


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