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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 121



chap, xvra; THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY IS SENT TO • FRANCE BY THE LONDONERS, AND OTHERS OF THEIR PARTY IN ENGLAND TO BRING BACK THE EARL OF DERBY. CUCH was the language of the Londoners, and of many others throughout England ; but, al-though much was done to excite the people to in-furoeftions, they would never have attempted what. they did, if the Londoners had not fet them the example. The citizens of London, who, from their power, and wealth, lead the reft of England, held feveral fecret councils, to which were ad-mitted fome prelates and knights, when they re-vived to fend in fearch of the e^l of Derby, who was reliding at Paris or thereabout, and bring him back to England. On his return, they were to remonftrate with him on the weak government of wicked king Richard, and propofe, if he would undertake it, to give him the crown, and deft him and his heirs kings for ever, on condition that he promifed to- govern according to the ancient-ufages of the country. * They next thought on the moft proper perfon to fend on this commiffion : he muft be prudent and brave ; for it would be a grand enterprife to feduce the earl from France, when the king and his uncles were ftiewing^ him every token of love 11*


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