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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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cleared himself from the charge ; but the lord the pope condemned with an everlasting anathema Gay de Montfort, both for his contumacy and also for his crime, and by judicial sentence pronounced him guilty of sacrilege, homicide, aseassina ' tion, and lése majesté, and infamous, so that he could neither make a will, nor give evidence, nor be made governor, or commander, or magistrate of any city. And he also pronounced him sequestrated and disinherited of all offices, dignities, and civil or public ministrations to the fourth generation, which decree he commanded to be inviolably observed by all men, until the said Guy should come to the Roman court, and submit himself in all things to the pope's will. Moreover, he laid under the ban of excommunication all those who knowingly received him ; and he placed their estates under an interdict (with the single exception of the women), forbidding both the reception of penance in the case of the dying, and the baptism of infants. After these events, Edward quitted the court of Rome, and on his progress homewards the commonalty of the cities of Tuscany and Italy came forth to meet him with great joyi and in the processions of trumpets, all crying out with one voice, " Long Uve king Edward!" The people of Milan brought him presents, carefully selected horses covered with housings of scarlet, which he accepted against his will, in consequence of their importunities. Having passed through Italy he came to Burgundy, where he subdued and delivered over, in spite of his resistance, a certain noble, whose sole occupation was plunder and rapine, with his castle of great strength, to the count of Savoy. For previously this noble had no superior lord, and therefore he the more freely plundered the passers-by, because there was no one to check his excesses and delinquencies. Here Edward was met by many bishops, and abbots, and earls, and barons, who came from England to receive Edward their lord in his descent from the Burgundian hills, blessing the Lord for having made his journey prosperous. Therefore the French, a nation always apt to feel irritation and to indulge in boasting, whose pride will some day lead to their destruction, seeing so great a multitude coming to meet king Edward, proclaimed a tournament, at Chalons, in Burgundy. And on the day appointed, the ranks having been duly marshalled, the English fought with the French. But the brave band of the French was at last completely routed, and Edward

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