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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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kicked people, with an impoverifhed country * and he who fhould conquer it one year* would lofe it the next. Lackingay, Lackingay ! all you have jjuft heard me fay confider as truth/ Such were the conventions, as it was afterwards known, between the duke of Gloçefter and his knight. He had conceived a great hatred to his • nephew, the king of England, and could no way fpeak well of him ; and although he was, with his brother of Lancafter, the greateft perfonage in England, and one by whofe advice the govern-ment ought to have been carried on, he paid not any attention to it. When the king fent for him, if it was his pleafure he would come, but more frequently he ftaid at home ; and, when he obey-ed, he was always the laft to come and the firft to depart. On giving his opinion, it muft be implicidy followed, for he would not fuffer it to • be contradicted. He then took leave, niounted his horfe, and fet off for a handfome caftle he had in Eflcx, thirty miles from London, called Plcfhy,- where he refided more conftandy than any where elfe. 7 7This lord Thomas was a great lord, and cpuld afford to expend annually, from his income, fixty thoufand crowns. He was duke of Glocefter, earl of Eflc* and Buckingham, and conftable of Eng-land ; and, from his rough manner, was more dreaded by the king than any other of his uncles, for, in his fpeech, he never fpared him. The king was always fubmiffive to him, and whatever he afked was inftantly granted. The dyke of Glo-cefter 342


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