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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 174



Co many wars to provide for, in France, Brittany. Gafcony and Scodand, that his forces were dif-perfed in different quarters, and he was unable to fend any great ' armament to Ireland. When the Irilh found fo large a force was now come againft them, they confidered it molt advifeable to fubmit themfelves to the king of England. c Formerly, when Saint Edward, who had been canonifed, and was worfhipped with much folem-nity by the Englilh, was their king, he thrice de-feated the Danes on fea and land. This Saint Ed-ward, king of England, lord of Ireland and of Aqui-taine*^ the Irilh loved and feared more than any other king of England before or fincc. It was for this rçafon, that when our king went thither lad year, l\t laid afide the leopards and flower de luces, and bore the arms of Saint Edward emblazoned on all his banners : thefc were a croft patencé or, on a field gules, with four doves argent on the ihield or banner, as you pleafc. This we heard was very pleafing to the Irilh, and inclined them more to fubmiflion, for in truth the anceftors of thefc four kings had done homage and fervice to Saint Ed-ward : they alfo confidered'king Richard as a pru-dent and confeicntious man, and have therefore paid their homage in the like manner as {vas donc to Saint Edward. • This muft be a miftake ; for Aquitaine was brought to the crown of England by the marriage of Eleanora, the di-vorced queen of Louis le Jeune, king of France, with Henry II. • . ~ ' •Thus 166


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