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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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tieth day after the ensuing Nativity of the Lord (on which WE peremptorily require you to he at Paris), to appear before us, as you will be and are bound to appear, and the character of such crimes and .excesses requires and demands, to make answer to all the aforesaid charges, the investigation into which belongs to us, touching the excesses before mentioned, and whatever other questions may grow out of them, and touching anything else whatever which we may think fit to bring up against you, and to submit to the law, and to listen to what is just, and willingly to abide by it. Signifying to you, by the tenor of these present letters, that, whether you appear to answer to the charges before mentioned, at the appointed time and place, or not, we nevertheless shall proceed, as we are bound to do, your absence notwithstanding. Given at Paris," &c. Because the king of England did not pay any attention to this command, he was presently, by the unanimous judgment of his peers, pronounced a banished man, and all the territories which he had previously possessed in the kingdom of France were confiscated. But a most loyal and fearless knight of the king of England, namely, John de Saint John, very frequently, from time to time, defended the territories of his master, with manly courage, from the assaults and irruptions of the French. Therefore, the king of England wishing to relieve himself from his difficulties, secretly made mention of a certain contract of marriage, voluntarily offering to surrender gratuitously a part of Guienne, and some castles which he named, into the hands of king Philip, for a period of forty days, if he could, by so doing, effect the completion of that agreement. And he sent letters of credence by Master John de Lacy to John de Saint John, on the receipt of which the aforesaid knight, being seneschal of Guienne, whether willingly or unwillingly, abandoned the province, and the king of France took possession secretly of the surrendered places, behaving with great prevarication, to the prejudice of the king's honour. Moreover, adding iniquity to iniquity, he expelled all the English from the territories of France ; therefore, the lord Edmund, the brother of the king of England, who had been the mediator by whose means peace had been endeavoured to be re-established between the two parties, was banished from France, and his wife, the queen of Navarre, with the whole of her English household, was forced to leave, her beloved home, and they all departed for their native count y

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