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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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sins, saying that he had governed his people with lees propriety and tninquillity than a king ought, and that he had accepted the small portions of their properties which they had given him, or which his ministers had extorted without his knowledge, in order to be able by his power to defeat the injurious attempts of his enemies, who thirsted for English blood, that b y taking a small portion of the wealth of the republic, the main quantity might be enjoyed in more tranquillity. Adding further, " Behold, I being about to expose myself to danger,for your sakes do beg. of you, if I return, to receive me as you have now received me, and I will restore to you all that I have taken from you. And if I do not return, then I beg of you to crown my son as your king." And the archbishop being dissolved in tears, and the king promising to observe all these promises faithfully, the whole people with outstretched hands promised fidelity to him. In the mean time, the earls above mentioned intentionally absented themselves, until the petition of each of them for the relief of the country should be listened to. Some said that it would not be advantageous for the king to cross the sea into Flanders, and that they were not bound to afford him their service there, as their ancestors had not been used to do so. Especially as, even while he remained in the kingdom, the Scots, just like the Welch in times past, were renewing their resistance and preparing for war. They also, having first set forth the exhausted state of the community, demanded that he would not for the future exact taillages throughout England. Also, that the liberties contained in Magna Charta, and in the forest charter, should for the future be more effectually observed, and that the king should for the future revoke as null and void all voluntary exactions which were added to these imposts ; and as they were not at once listened to, the aforesaid earls and barons departed in great indignation. But when the king saw this, being desirous of cherishing a spirit of unanimity, and of gaining a victory by persuasion, he commanded the articles contained in the aforesaid charters to be renewed, and likewise to be carefully, obeerved, requiring, in return for this concession, that the eighth money should be given him by his subjects ; which was soon granted him by the people who stood around in his chamber. He also demanded a subsidy from the clergy, who replied that they wished to send letters of supplication to the supreme pontiff

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