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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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fécond lady in the kingdom, and the queen would be difhonourably accompanied by her s but that, for their parts, they would leave her to do the ho-nours alone, for they would never enter any place where fhe was. They themfelves would be di£ graced if they fufFered fuch ' a bafe-born duchefs, who had been the duke's concubine a long time before and during his marriages, to take prece-dence, and their hearts would burft with grief were it to happen.' Thofe who were the rtioft outrageous on the fubjeft were the duke and duchefs of Gloccfter* They confidered the duke of Lancafter as a dol-ing fool for thus marrying his concubine, and de-clared they would never honour his lady by calling her lifter. The duke of York made light of the matter, for he lived chiefly with the king and his brother of Lancafter» The duke of Glocefter was of a different way of thinking : although the youngeft of the three brothers, he yielded to no man's opinion, was naturally very proud and over-bearing, and in. oppofition to the king's minifters, unlefs he could turn them as he willed. Catherine Ruet, however, remained duchefs of Lancafter, and the fécond lady in England, as long as fhe lived. She was a lady accuftomed to honours, for fhe had been brought up at court during her youth, and the duke fondly loved the children he had by her, as he fhewed during his life and at his death. I muft mention, that when the fentence of the court of parliament at Paris had been pronounced Q 2 againft Î27


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