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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
page 168



mà king to teach and accuftom die four Irifk kings, who have fworn obedience for ever to Eng-land, to the manners of the Englifh. I muft fay, that thefe kings who were under my management were of coarfe manners and underftandings i and, in fpite of all that I could do to foften their lan-guage and nature, very little progrefs has been made, for they would frequendy return to their former coarfe behaviour. . • c I will more particularly relate the charge that was given me over them, and how I managed it. The king of England intended thefe four kings ftiould adopt the manners, appearance and drefs of the Englifh, for he wanted to create them knights. He gave them firft a very handfome houfe in the city of Dublin for themfelvcs and attendants, where I was ordered to refide with them, and never to leave the houfe without an abfolute neceffîty. I lived with them for three or four days, without any way interfering, that we might become accuftomed ta each other, and I allowed them tp a£t juft as they pleafed. I ôbferved, that as they fat at table, they made grimaces, that did not feem to me grace-ful nor becoming, and I refolved in my own mind to make them drop that cuftom. c When thefe kings were feated at table, and the firft difh was ferved, they would make their minftrels and principal ferrants fit befide them, and eat from their plates and drink from their cups. They told me, this was a praifeworthy cuftom of their country, where every thing was in common but the bed. 1 permitted this to be done


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