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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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to the regular order of events, the twenty-four captains before mentioned, being then promoted in England, and all the officers and ministers of the kingdom and the king's court being ordained under them, they had a sort of continual parliament, and provided themselves with escheats and wardships, and their sons and nephews with churches which belonged to the patronage of the king. The treasury got nothing ; God's anointed king got nothing ; nothing went to Cassar, nothing to the palace ; everything went to the Cœsarians and people about the palace, not to pay the ancient debts of the king, but to defray the expenses of the upholders of the provisions, and the whole treasury was destitute of freedom. And because England, as had also been the case with Borne, was unable to support several kings, soon a deadly quarrel arose between the earls of Leicester and Gloucester, the two principal captains of their party, to such a degree, that the aforesaid king, at the suggestion of the earl of Gloucester before mentioned, led a numerous army, driven from the French territories, against Edward, his own first-born son, of whom the aforesaid earl of Leicester was at that time an adherent. But, through the mediation of those mighty lords, the king of Germany, and Peter of Savoy, and some formal ambassadors of the illustrious king of France, his son before mentioned was re-admitted to the favour of the king his father, and the earl of Gloucester's name was erased from the number of the captains aforesaid, and peace was made between him and the earl of Leicester, out of hatred for the rest. And so, through the power and energy of those earls, a new disturbance arose in England, worse than the first. Therefore, the twenty-four chiefs who have been already mentioned, as having been elected in this way, for the government of the king and kingdom, seeing, since there were now so many heads, and since the monarchy was thus put out of sight, that the general discord was rapidly gaining strength, and that a danger of that confusion, which eventually did take place at that time, was impending all, with the exception of the five whose names I will here set down, namely, the bishop of Worcester, and the two earls who have been already mentioned, and Hugh le Despenser, and Peter de Montfort, agreed to annul the provisions and ordinances of this kind that had been enacted, and to restore the kingdom to its proper state. And although nothing is so natural, as that any

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