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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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that could be procured at Rheims, Catgbray, or in Holland, which is very agreeable to the Sara-cens, who have none but what comes from. our country. Bajazet, in return, made him rich gifts of cloth of gold and precious ftoncs, of which they have abundance ; and we cannot obtain thfem without great rifle, unlcfs by means of the Ve-netians or Genoefe, who traffic with thofe parts. With regard to the count de Vertus, duke of Milan, and the lord Galtas, his father, who reign-ed over the Milanefe as tyrants, it is marvellous to think of their fortunes, and how they firft gained pofleffion of that country. There were three brothers pf the houfe of Vif-conti, fir Matthew, fir Galeas and fir Bernabo. Thefe three brothers had an uncle who was arch-bifhop of Milan during the time the lord Charles de Luxembourg, king of Bohemia and Germany, was eleâed emperor in the room of Lewis of Ba-varia, who had obtained that dignity by force. He was never acknowledged emperor by the church, but, on the contrary, was excommuni-cated by pope Innocent VL who then reigned. The caufe of his excommunication was, that after being crowned at Rome, by a pope and twelve Cardinals of his creation, he gave liberty to his German foldiers to plunder Rome, to make them amends for the pay that was due. This was the recompenfe the Romans received for the reception tjicy gave him j and for this caufe he died under fentence of excommunication. The pope and car-dinals whom he had made come of their free will to 240


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