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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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trtjt *He kkg % s, fhe is too nearly related, beîrig his coufin-german. King Richard's, thoughts are fo bent. on, the eldeft daughter of the king of France, |c. will not hear of any other: it caufes great wppder in this country that he fhould be fo, eager tp marry the daughter of his adverfary, and fce, is not;tbie better beloved for it. This he feems indifferent to,, and plainly (hews that henceforward he will prefer war with any country rather than with France. It is known from experience how axious he was, that a ftable peace fhould • be cftablilhed between the two countries -, for he faid the wars had laftcd too long between him and his predeceflbrs with France, and that too many valiant men had been flak on both fides, to the great weakening of the defenders of the Chriftian faith. • c To put this idea out of the king's mind, for it is no way agreeable to th^ people of England that he ihould conncft himfèlf by marriage with France, they have told himv the lady was by far too young, and that for five or fix years to come lhe would not be of a proper age for a wife. He replied by faying, that every day fhe would in* creafe in age. In addition to this, he gave plea-fantly his reafons for his preferring her, that fmce lhe was fo young, he fhould educate her, and bring her up |p his own mind, and to the manners of the Engliih, and that for himfelf he was young enough to wait until fhe fhould be of proper age for his wife. Nothing can make him change this* refolution, and before you leave this country, you may perhaps witnefs many ftrange things. It • 141


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