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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 161



him—c Coufin, I have been confidering my fitu-ation, which is miferable enough, and I have no longer any thoughts of wearing my crown or governing my people. As God may have my foul, I wifh I were at this moment dead of a natu-ral death, and the king of France had his daughter again -, for we have never enjoyed any great hap-pinefs together, nor fince I have brought her hither have I had the love my people bore me formerly. Coufin of Lancafter, when I look back, I am convinced I have behaved very ill to you, and to other nobles of my blood, .for which I cannot expeft peace nor pardon. All things, therefore, confidered, I am willing freely to refign to you the crown of England ; and I beg you will accept the refignatiqn as a gift.* The duke replied, c that It would be nccelfary the three eftates of the rçalm fhould hear this. I have ïflfbçd ibmmonfes for the aflfcmbling the nobles, prelates and deputies, from the principal towns ; and within three days a fufficiency will be collected for you to make your refignation in due form. By this aft, you will* greatly appeafe the hatred of the nation againft you. To obviate the mifchiefs that had arifen from the courts of juftice being fhut, and which had created an almoft uni-verfal anarchy, was I fent for from beyond fca. The people wanted to crown me, for the common report in the country is, that I have a better right to the crown than you have. This was told to our grandfather, king Edward of happy memory, when he educated you, and had you acknowledged heir 154


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