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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
page 55



heard this charge,—-* You earl of Derby, and you earl marfhal, are my near relations : I com-mand, therefore, that you harbour no hatred nor malevolence againft each other, but live like friends and coufins as you are. Should your ftay in this country become tirefome, travel into foreign parts, to Hungary or elfewhere, and feek for deeds of arms and adventures.* If the king of England had done fo, or come forward to prevent this combat, he would have a&ed wifely, according to the opinions of men of fenfe and prudence/ The duke of Lancafter was much vexed and melancholy at feeing * the king of England, his nephew, thus badly conduit himfelf, but knew not to whom to open* his thoughts. ' He, like a wife man, confidered the confequcnccs that might cnfue, and at times faid to thofe he moft confided in,—c Our nephew will ruin every thing before he have done ; he too readily liftens" to evil coun-fellors, who will deftrojr him and his kingdom. Should he live long, he will lofe by litdc and little all it has coft his predecefibrs and us fo much pains to gain. He encourages difcord between his nobles and great lords, by whom he ought to be honoured and ferved, and the country guarded* He has put my brother to death, for it is now notorious he ordered it, and like wife the earl of Arundel, becaufc they told him the truth ; but this he refufes to hear, and will not liften to any one who does not flatter his own imaginations. He cannot fooner ruin his country than by ex* citing hatreds among his nobility and principal towns. 48


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