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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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this prôpofition being adopted, the king of France fent off fpecial meflfengers with letters to the kings above mentioned, but anfwers were not returned to them fo foon as expefted. • • During this interval, that learned clerk mafter John dc Gigencourt died at the Sorbonne. The king of France, his court and the univerfîty were very fbrry for the lofs, as his equal was not at Paris,1 and he would have been of Angular fervicc in reforming the church, and bringing* about an union- - - ' ! At this time, there was at Avignon a clerk well (killed in fcience, doftor of laws, and auditor of the palace : he was a native of the archbiflioprick of Rheims, and called fir John de Vartnnes/ He was much advanced '\ri the church for the 'fefvïces ' Ké Hitd'rendered pope Clement and others, and was orr the point of being â biîhbp or cardinal.' He had alfo been chaplain to a cardihal, "called at Avignon Saint Peter of Luxembourg. * ' •* -:l ' This Johri de Varcnnes, beneficed and advanced as he was, refigned all, retaining Only, for his fubfiftence, the canonry of our Lady at Rheims, which is worth, • by refidence, one hundred francs j otherwife nor more than thirty. He quitted Avignon, returned to -his native country* ' and fixed his abode at the village of Saint Lye, near Rheims, • where he led a devout life, preaching*the ' faith and works of our Lord, and praifing the pope of Avignon. He declared he was the true pope, condemning, by his fpeeches, that of Rome. ' He was much attended to, and followed by the people, 116


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