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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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leave them for a little, and return to the niatfcbrs we were before fpeaking of. *1 ' -; ' * •v As I have mentioned, the deputies ftbm Gaf* cony and from the chief towns in Aquitaine were carneftin their felicitations to the king and council that they might remain attached to the crown of England, according to their ancient rights and privileges, Which it had been repeatedly fworn Jhould be obferved, in fpite of every caufe, bb-ftacle or condition to the contrary: Three parts of the council, and the 'Unanimous voice of the people of England, were on their fide s bût Thomas* of Woodftock, duke of Gloceftcr, yobngeft fon to the • late king Edward, oppofed :• them, ' and1 plainly fhewed he Wilhed his J brother of Lahcafter' to be detained in Aquitaine, for he felt he Was too' powerful when ih England, and too nearly allied to the king. As for his brother of York, he held him cheap, for hemcérftied little in public aflairs, and was withotit malice w guile, wiihing. only to live in quiet t ' he had befide juft married a young and beautiful wife, daughter to the carl of Kent, with whom he fpeacomoft of his time Which was not occupied with other amufemehts, The duke of Glocefter was cunning and mai-cious, and continually foliciting favours from his • nephew king Richard, pleading poverty, though he abounded in wealth ; for he was conftable of England, duke of Glocefter, earl of Buckingham, Eflèx and Northampton. He had befide penfions on the king's exchequer, to the amount of four thpufand nobles a-year* and he would not exert •; L 4 himfelf


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