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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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to stop the effusion of blood by making peace with France on any terms compatible with his own honour. Philippa, who greatly respected the honourableminded French King, held her husband to his word, and after much négociation, a peace was concluded at lirittany, on the tenth of May ; and ten days afterwards, the King, Queen, and royal family, after a prosperous voyage, landed in safety at Eye, in England. Shortly after this peace, the French King was released, on condition of paying a ransom of three million crowns of gold ; and, on his departure, Edward, with a commendable courtesy, presented him and his nobles with plate and jewels to the value of two thousand eight hundred marks. As security for the payment of the ransom, Edward detained twenty-five French barons as hostages. One of these hostages, Lord de Gourcy, won the heart of Philippa's eldest daughter, the Princess Isabella, to whomhe was married with great magnificence at Windsor, on the twenty-seventh of July, 1365. On the tenth of October," 1361, the Black Prince was married to the singularly beautiful Joanna of Kent, widow of Sir Thomas Holland, at Windsor chapel, in the presence of the King, the Queen, and a brilliant assemblage of nobles. After the marriage, the Prince was invested by his royal sire with the Duchy of Aquitaine, and, at an unlucky hour, he proceeded with his bride to govern that territory. As the Duke of Anjou, one of the French hostages, had, in violation of his patrol, fled to Paris, and as difficulties had arisen in regard to the payment of the ransom of the King of France, that monarch, disregarding the entreaties of his council, who maintained that love for the Countess of Salisbury, and not honour, was the motive of his journey, resolved to visit England. He landed on the thirtieth of December, 1363, was received by Edward and Philippa with every token of affection, resided in splendour in the Savoy, and spent several weeks in giving and receiving entertainments. But before he could transact any business of importance, he was seized with an alarming illness, which put a period to his existence, in April, 1364. By the desire of Philippa, King Edward sent the corpse with a splendid retinue to France, where it ivas buried with royal magnificence in the abbey church of St. Denis. About two years after the, death of John, Philippa was attacked with dropsy, which, despite the efforts of the ablest physicians, slowly but surely brought about her dissolution. Her death is thus touchingly narrated by her grateful historian Froissait:—"In the meantime there fell in England a sad case, though a common. Howbcit, it was right piteous for the King, his children, and all his realm, for the good Queen of England, that so many good deeds had done in her time, and so many knights aided, and ladies and damsels comforted, and had so largely given of her goods to her people, and naturally loved the nation of Hainault, the country where she was born, fell sick in the castle of Windsor, and that sickness continued on her so long, that there was no remedy but death. And the good lady, when she know and saw that there was for her no remedy but death, she desired to speak to the King her husband ; and when he was before her, she put out of bed her right hand, and took the King by his right hand, who was very sorrowful of heart. Then she said : — " 'Sir, we have in peace, and joy, and great prosperity, passed all our time together. Sir, now I pray you at our parting to grant me three requests.' "TheKing, shedding tears in abundance, answered, ' Madam, ask what you will, I grant it.' "'Sir!' said she, ' I ask first of all, that all the people I have dwelt with on this side of the sea and the other, that it may please you to pay every thing I owe them; and next, sir, all such intentions and promises as I have made to churches as well of this country as beyond the sea, where 1 have paid my devotions, that you will fulfil them ; and thirdly, I ask that it may please you to take none other sepulture, whensoever it shall please God to call you out of this transitory life, but beside me ίη the church of Westminster.'

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