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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 364



he ftfîded. • The king had about his perfon many young counfellors, who too much dreaded the duke of Glocefter : they frequently faid to him,—f Very dear fire, it is a dangerous office to ferve you, for we have fcen our predeceflbrs, in whom you had great confidence, meet but a poor reward. That valiant knight Sir Simon Hurley, fo much beloved by your lord and father, whom God pardon ! and who took fuch pains for the accomplifhment ofN your firft marriage, the duke of Glocefter, your ' uncle, put fhamefully to death, by having him publicly beheaded like a traitor. He likewife, as you know, had many others arbitrarily executed without your being any way able to grant them your pardon, or fave them from their ignomi-nious deaths. Dear fire, we cxpeéfc nothing bet-ter * for whenever your uncle comcth hither to fee you, which k not often, • we dare not raife our eyes from the ground nor,look at any body. He eyes us from head to foot, and fecms to think we take too much upon us from being about your perfon % and be affured, dear fire, that as long as he lives, there will never be quiet in England, nor will any one attempt to do any thing good. Befides, he publicly threatens to confine you and the queen, and keep you under fubjeftion during his good pleafure. ' You will be an undone king, and de- ftroyed as well as us, if you do not fpecdily take fome ftrong meafures. As for the queen, (he need 90c çare : fhe is young, and daughter to the king of France,, whom they dare not anger, as too many evils wou)d refont from it to England* . ' *Your


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