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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.12

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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.12
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This fpeech of tic count de Nevers gave Ac king and lords of France enough to think cm* Some faid the Saracens were in the right to make their jokes and laugh, for priefts were allowed to meddle too much in affairs that did not concern them i that it was rime to lower their pomp, or force them to do it of themfelvcs. The young clergy, who* were ftudying the Scriptures at the univerfity of Paris, could nor obtain any benefices from this fchifm in the church, and were not difpleafed that the people murmured againft the popes. They rejoiced at what the count de Nevers had related, and that the Turks and Saracens made derifion of our faith. c In good truth/ they added, c they are in .the right to laugh at it, and, if the king of France and the emperor of Germany do not fpeedily attend to this fchîfm, we forcfee that church-affairs wM daily become worfe. All things confidered, thofe who have been neuter between the two popes have a&ed wifely, and thus it behoves every one who wifhes for union in the church/ It was fecretly told the king, by thofe who loved him and were defirous he fhould regain his health, that it was the common opinion throughout France he would never be perfe&ly. recovered until the church were properly regulated. Tfiey added, that his father, king Charles of happy memoly, had, on his death-bed, charged his council with this matter i that he fufpe&ed he had been deceived by thefe popes, and had made his determination too foon, for which he felt his con- . fcience 20


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