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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


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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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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mands tenderly to heart, and perform them humbly and quickly, as you would escape our anger and indignation, and advance your own profit and honour. Follow no advice contrary to the will of your father, as the wise King Solomon teaches you, and make known to us, without further delay, what you mean to do. Knowing this, that if you continue to wilfully disobey our counsel, we will take care that you feel it all the days of your life, so that other sons, enlightened by your example, may learn not to disobey their lords and fathers." As Isabella prevented the mind of her son from being influenced by this letter, and, despite threats and entreaties, would neither return herself, nor permit the Prince of Wales to do so, Edward wrote in April to the Pope. Sending copies of the correspondence to the sovereign pontiff, he besought his aid so effectually, that Charles the Fair, who still affected to be ignorant of the dishonour of his sister, was threatened with excommunication, unless he instantly dismissed her and her son from Paris. Meanwhile, the banished nobles at Paris, and the Lancaaterian party in England, were not idle ; levies of troops were made in the Queen's name, neither money nor interests were spared to increase the Queen's popularity, and false reports were circulated to excuse the Queen from coming to England, and poison the minds of the people against the King ; it was even asserted, that Edward had banished his consort and son ; but this he fully denied in a letter to the pontiff, in which he declares, " that such a thought had never crossed his brain, as, however improper the conduct of his consort and heir, he had too great an affection for them both to treat them with such inhumanity." Alarming as Edward's position now was, the situation of Isabella had become even more so. The French barons, disgusted at her conduct with Mortimer, would not admit her into tneir society, and the severe, but merited threat of tho Pope, so terrified Charles, that he sent her a peremptory order to instantly quit Paris, and swore before his barons, that whoever dared to speak on her behalf, should be banished. When the Queen heard this, she was greatly troubled, and to increase her mortification and terror, almost imme diately afterwards, her friend, Sir Ito beri Artois, came in the middle of the night, and told her, that a plan, to which the French King was not averse, was being organized for the seizure of herself, her son, the Earl of Kent, and Mortimer, and urged her to lose no time in seeking the protection of her friend and relation, the Earl of Hai nault. Accordingly, Isabella secretly prepared for flight, and having, greatly to to her credit, paidfor every thing, quitted Paris in the company of her son, her paramour, and her suite. In a few days she reached Cambray, and entering Ostravant, in Hainanlt, lodged at the house of Eustace d'Ambreticourt, a poor knight, who afforded her a hearty welcome, and whose hospitality was afterwards rewarded by Isabella and her son inviting the knight and his family to England, aud conferring valuable favours on them. Immediately the arrival of the Queen of England was made known in the house of the Earl of Hainault, the good Earl's brother, Sir John, "being young and panting for glory," mounted his horse, and accompanied by a few friends, arrived in the evening at Ambreticourt's dwelling. Isabella, says Froissart, was at this time deeply dejected, and complained to him of her anguish with such bitter lamentations, that, mingling his tear3 with hers, Sir John said—• " Lady, behold your knight, who will die for you though all else should desert you. By the grace of God and the aid of your friends, I will restore you to your rank in England. I and those I can urge will risk our lives for the sake of yourself and your son ; and if it please God, we will have armed force in plenty, without fearing danger from the King of France." Isabella, in gratitude, would have thrown herself at the feet of Sir John, but he caught her in his arms, and exclaimed, " God forbid that the Queen of England should do such a thing ! Ma

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