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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 218



would never put ' himfelf in their power. The iflue of his negotiation was unfuccefsful ; and when it was found he could not do any thing, having regularly written to the duke of Orleans refpe&ing the date of affairs, he was remanded to Paris, at the time when the expedition to Huit-gary was in agitation. The duke and duchefs of Burgundy were happy at his return, and, fending for him to the hôtel d'Artois, addrefled him in the moft amiciable manner as follows : f Lord de Coucy, we have the higheft opinion of your understanding, valour and prudence and as we have made John our fon and heir undertake the command of an expedition, which we hope will turn out to the honour of GOD and Christen-dom, knowing that you of all the knights of France are the beft informed of warlike affairs, we beg and entreat moft earneftly that you would be the coun-feilor and companion of our fon in this expedition ; for which we fhall be fo gready obliged, that we will return it by ferving you or yours to the utmoft of our power/ • The lord de Coucy replied,—c My lord, and you Madam, what you requeft is to me an or-der. I will furely be of this expedition, if it pleafe GOD, for two reafons : firft, from devo-tion, and to defend the faith of JESUS CHRIST ; fecondly, from the honour you do me, by giving me the charge of advifing my lord John1 your fon. I fhall therefore obey, and acquit - myfeif m all refpeds to the belt of my abilities. Bur, my £10".


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